PGIN offers 50% fare discount to students thru Sirib buses, jeepneys


Sep. 23, 2016 ...

In an effort to lessen the expenses of youth traveling from remote areas to the university centers, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) launched on September 9, 2016 the Sirib shuttles offering 50% fare discount exclusively for students.

The program is made possible through the Metro Ilocos Norte Council (MINC) and Ilocos Norte Youth Office (INYO).

"This is a program providing shuttle service at a very discounted rate to our students from the other LGUs in going inside and outside Laoag kasi nandito sa Laoag City at Batac City ang mga eskwelahan natin," said Cipriano Hilarion Martinez, MINC consultant.

With the said project, Governor Imee Marcos hopes to provide Ilocano students with a more convenient and a cheaper way to pursue their education.

The Sirib buses and jeepneys, bearing logos of Sirib, PGIN and MINC, operate from Mondays to Fridays and require only the passengers to wear their student IDs to be able to avail of the discount.

Routes include Bacarra-Pasuquin-Burgos in the north, San Nicolas-Batac and Suba-Paoay in the south, and Sarrat-Dingras-Marcos-Banna-Nueva Era in the east. Signages are put in designated bus stops in each municipality.

The Laoag City Centennial Arena parking lot will serve as the terminal for the shuttle services as they wait for students returning to their towns in the afternoon.

Rolyn Aguinaldo of Solsona town said "the service is a big help because my original expenses from Solsona to Batac City costs 60 pesos. With the 50% discount, I only pay 30 pesos."

"The 50% discount can help us save more. I can use the money to pay for miscellaneous fees at school," Dick Edward Calma of Bacarra town, said.

Meanwhile, Vanessa Mae Palalay of Burgos town thanked Governor Marcos "for providing cheap transportation to us students. Aside from reducing our fares, riding the Sirib bus will help us to be more sociable and allow us to meet new friends."