City to start giv­ing free rides to BPO em­ploy­ees on Mon­day

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /RE­PORT ER MOREXET T E MARIE B. ERRAM

WORK­ERS from the busi­ness pro­cess­ing out­sourc­ing (BPO) in­dus­try will now have more rea­sons to feel safe after the Cebu City govern­ment will start fer­ry­ing them to their re­spec­tive work­places for free.

In a post on his of­fi­cial Face­book page, Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña an­nounced that the free bus ride for call cen­ter agents in the city will be ex­panded to cover more routes.

Os­meña said two buses will pro­vide free rides to call cen­ter agents work­ing in I.T. Park in Barangay Apas, Cebu City with its des­ig­nated stops at JM Del Mar Av­enue and Geon­zon Street in I.T. Park, and Metro Colon.

They will be op­er­a­tional start­ing this Mon­day, Novem­ber 12.

This is on top of the ex­ist­ing free bus ride from Barangay Talam­ban to Cebu Busi­ness Park, and vice versa.

Each bus will cover sep­a­rate routes and cor­re­spond­ing bus stops.

Route 1 will cover the uptown ar­eas in Cebu City with stops at JY Square, Capitol Build­ing, Fuente Os­meña Cir­cle, Har­ri­son Park in Os­meña Boule­vard and Abel­lana Na­tional School.

Route 2 will cater to pas­sen­gers from the city’s north­ern dis­trict with stops at the cor­ners of F. Cabahug Street, Hipo­dromo Road, T. Padilla Street, Mabolo Church, and the cor­ners of S. Os­meña Street and Os­meña Boule­vard.

The buses will ply these routes from 12 mid­night to 6 a.m.

Ron­ald Mala­cora, chief of the city govern­ment’s Depart­ment of Gen­eral Ser­vices (DGS), told

CEBU DAILY NEWS in a phone in­ter­view that the buses’ op­er­a­tional hours are meant to serve work­ers in grave­yard shifts.

“We’ve ob­served that dur­ing these hours, work­ers have a hard time find­ing jeep­neys to get in and out of I.T. Park. It’s dawn too so you ex­pect that the streets are dark, and prone to crim­i­nals,” said Mala­cora.

“From there, we will see what needs to be im­proved and ad­justed,” he added.

Os­meña de­cided to pro­vide free trans­port to BPO em­ploy­ees after the killing of call cen­ter agent Lo­raine Tem­ple along Pope John Paul II Av­enue in Barangay Mabolo.

Tem­ple re­port­edly put up a fight against two mo­tor­cy­clerid­ing rob­bers who shot her on the chest be­fore flee­ing with her bag.

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