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When it comes to land-based long distance public transport in Mindanao, there seems to be no competition for Rural Transit. The buses which are marked “Rural Tours” usually depart from either Bulua or Agora Terminal at close intervals of 15 minutes more or less. With Cagayan de Oro as their base, destinations can go as far as Surigao on the east, Zamboanga on the west, Cotabato on the southwest and Davao on the southeast.

Rural Transit of Mindanao Inc.  (RTMI) is a transport company established in 1985 by Vallacar Transit Corporation, which  is currently the largest land transport company in the Philippines. 

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Vallacar Transit Corporation was founded in 1968 by Ricardo B. Yanson and his wife, Olivia Villaflores Yanson in Negros which became Ceres Liner. In 1981, they ventured into Mindanao and then bought out Fortune Express and Bachelor Express, both Cagayan de Oro-based bus companies in 1985, and thus formed Rural Transit of Mindanao, while retaining the name of the latter, as one of the conditions of the contract of sale. In 2005, the conglomerate bought out Lilian Express Inc. and sister company Mary May Express, its fiercest business rival and became the dominant transit company in the island of Mindanao.

RTMI buses at Bulua Terminal - flickr photo by jarqz
RTMI buses at Bulua Terminal - flickr photo by jarqz
Area alloted for buses other than RTMI - flickr photo by jarqz
Area alloted for buses other than RTMI – flickr photo by jarqz

Super 5 Buses seem to be the nearest competitor but still it pales in comparison to the fleet of RTMI. See above photos. Everyone thought RTMI will also purchase the Super 5s but up to now, Super 5 has stayed all along and even improved their fleet with the purchase of Higer-type buses.

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