The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas has added routes for the “Malasakit Bus,” dedicated for the healthcare workers in Cebu. OPAV, in partnership with Vallacar Transit Inc., launched the Malasakit Bus for medical health workers last March 19, in order to provide transportation for our medical professional front liners in their fight against the threat of Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Due to the high volume of medical health workers in Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), OPAV dedicated two (2) buses to ply the Southern Route of Cebu to VSMMC and another bus to ply the Northern Route to VSMMC, and vice versa. Now, in addition to the previous 2 buses, another 3 buses will be activated to cater to other medical workers assigned to other public and private hospitals.
These 3 buses will ply Northern and Southern routes for the other medical workers.
Here are the bus schedules for the 3 additional buses:
BUS (1) NORTH LOOP (Departs) 4:30AM – SM Consolacion 6:30AM – Fuente Osmeña 12:30PM – SM Consolacion 2:30PM – Fuente Osmeña 8:30PM – SM Consolacion 10:00PM – Fuente Osmeña
BUS (2) NORTH LOOP REVERSE (Departs) 4:30AM – Fuente Osmeña 6:30AM – SM Consolacion 12:30PM – Fuente Osmeña 2:30PM – SM Consolacion 8:30PM – Fuente Osmeña 10:00PM – SM Consolacion
BUS (3) SOUTH LOOP (Departs) 4:30AM – Starmall 7:30AM – Fuente Osmeña 12:30PM – Starmall 3:30PM – Fuente Osmeña 8:30PM – Starmall 10:00PM – Fuente Osmeña
As of March 22, a total of 738 health workers have availed of the free bus rides. As an added convenience for the medical workers, OPAV has partnered with an App called RideHero, so that passengers can easily track bus locations. With the use of the App, the passenger may be able to track the buses in real-time. The RideHero App is available both on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store and can be downloaded for free.