Baguio transport group ready to serve festival visitors this weekend; braces for effect of oil price hike

BAGUIO CITY  – The president of the biggest public transport group here Tuesday assured that more than 5,000 taxi units and 20,000 units of jeepneys within the city and the provinces of La Union and Benguet are now ready to serve the expected thousands of visitors coming to this mountain resort this weekend for the flower festival or “Panagbenga.”

Junie Itliong, president of the Federation of Jeepney and Taxi Operators and Drivers of Baguio, Benguet and La Union (FEJODABBLU) also said that the group has also braced for the reported increase of fuel prices to be effected any time Tuesday.

The cooperation of the federation was assured considering that in previous years during the festival, the mammoth crowd gathered to watch the street dancing and floral float parade have to also move to various places of interest in this mountain resort 250 kilometers north of Manila.

Besides, the festival visitors here during the period also have the desire to visit the various coastal areas in Luzon to enjoy the fine beaches and resorts of the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and even up north to Cagayan.

To date, transportation requirements here through the taxi and jeepney units is also complemented by dozens of vans for hire which ferry passengers to the lowland areas and other places in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) like Ifugao for a visit to the Banaue rice terraces, the hectares of flowers in Atok, Benguet and the caves of Sagada, Mountain Province.

Itliong said among those emphasized to their members are courtesy and safety requirements. (PNA)



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