Story and photos by Cheng OrdoÑez, Associate Editor
CAGAYAN de Oro City -- Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. launched Saturday 30 new airconditioned buses plying the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan and vice versa route through its Bulua Branch headed by John M. del Castillo, branch manager.
The new 49-seater Kinglong airconditioned units are the first of its kind in the region, because they are installed with comfort rooms (CRs) for the use of the passengers.
A fitting grand launching program was held Saturday at the Bulua Terminal area, as RTMI-Bulua readied its new units to embark the CDO-Iligan route via the new airconditioned buses with CRs.
Del Castillo said the RTMI-Bulua has replaced all its units plying the CDO-Iligan route with the 30 new units, because it is the company’s desire to give its pasengers the luxury of travel.
Del Castillo said units plying the CDO-Pagadian route will also be replaced soon.
Del Castillo assures there is no increase in the fare despite the replacement and coming in of the new units with CRs.
“RTMI stands to comply with whatever the LTFRB (Land Transportation Franching and Regulatory Board) instructs us to collect from the passengers. So, whether we have new units or not, the fare remains, depending on the dictates of the government’s transportation agency, “ Del Castillo said.
Aside from the comfort room, each unit is also equipped with four digital TV sets, making travel not only comfortable and luxurious, but entertaining, as well, said Nemesio Vasaylahi, assistant operations manager, RTMI-Bulua Branch.
Vasaylahi said new units also replaced RTMI buses plying the Davao and Valencia in Bukidnon routes, belonging to the Yacapin Branch.
“First in Service; Formost in Maintenance,” Del Castillo said, is RTMI’s guiding policy. “We make it happen,” said Del Castillo.