Com­pe­ti­tion among buses

Sun.Star Davao - - OPINION - DANNY ABRIGO abrigo­[email protected]

Since 1970s, Bach­e­lor Ex­press, Inc. (BEI) is the most vis­i­ble king of the roads in Min­danao and Visayas be­ing the big­gest trans­porta­tion com­pany as far I know.

There were at­tempts to com­pete in few routes but would-be com­peti­tors find their selves lack­ing in cap­i­tal­iza­tion to play against this jug­ger­naut.

For Davao-Bu­tuan route for in­stance, there was that green bus that served for few years but did not sus­tain. There are also reg­u­lar vans prey­ing pas­sen­gers in some al­coves and along the high­ways, but BEI re­mained the most pa­tron­ized un­til an­other com­peti­tor came in the third quar­ter of 2017.

The Metro Shut­tle in­tro­duced both non-air and fully air-con­di­tioned buses for Davao-Bu­tuan route last year. The last time I availed their ser­vices, I find so many rea­sons why more and more are pa­tron­iz­ing them. One is am­biance that is in­dis­putably pas­sen­ger-friendly. And I am sure there are more rea­sons that I haven’t per­ceived but the other pas­sen­gers ap­pre­ci­ated.

Why this column fetched this is­sue?

Last Novem­ber 30, 2018 me and my vir­tu­ous buddy in me­dia work picked to board a bach­e­lor bus from San Fran­cisco Agu­san del Sur in go­ing home to Davao. At 8:26 in the evening, I was awak­ened with a loud voice of a man talk­ing to some­one in a phone. The voice was loud enough to dom­i­nate the bus TV au­dio. It prick­led my nar­row furs both up­per and the lower to find out that the driver is hold­ing a phone with his left hand, while the right hand is ma­neu­ver­ing along Nabun­tu­ran-Mawab stretch.

While the driver is on the high­point of plea­sure at phone, I called his at­ten­tion to de­ter­mine whether or not to con­tinue driving while talk­ing on the phone. And he replied in an ef­fem­i­nate tone, “Sorry sir”, which for me it was not a se­ri­ous apol­ogy but an irony.

I sent a let­ter of criticism to the man­age­ment of BEI in Maa and fur­nished a copy to the LTO Re­gional Of­fice 11 for a se­ri­ous ex­am­i­na­tion and judg­ment in con­nec­tion to the R.A. 10913 known as Anti-Dis­tracted Driving Act. And, I wish to pub­lish the BEI’s re­ply and ac­tion on my Mon­day column.

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