The Go Mindanao Tour Bus Project will start the Davao-Cagayan de Oro and Cagayan de Oro-Butuan routes in March of 2018. This was revealed by Ciara Isabelle Uy-Salazar, Executive Vice-President at Davao Metro Shuttle in her presentation during the Mindanao Business Conference held at Xavier Sports and Country Club in Cagayan de Oro City.
As shown below, the two routes will be among four new routes for the tour bus operations set to start in March of next year. The company will allocated 20 buses for CDO-Davao and 15 for CDO-Butuan route.
In her presentation, Salazar said the Go Mindanao Tour Bus will specifically start from Davao International Airport to Laguindingan Airport and vice-versa. In between are Tourist Centers where the said bus will stop like Calinan, Kitaotao, Malaybalay City, and Manolo Fortich.
Below are other routes covered for Phase 1 of the tour bus project.
Below are the routes for Phases 2 and 3. Three more bus routes are scheduled to depart Cagayan de Oro: Dipolog (March 2019); Zamboanga (September 2019); and Sultan Kudarat (September 2020).
Meanwhile, Salazar said the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Authority (TIEZA) identified several Tourist Centers or tourism hubs which will serve as bus stops for Go Mindanao. Just recently, TIEZA approved the construction of the Jasaan and Manolo Fortich Tourism Centers. The said centers will also serve as information booths and drop-off centers for tourists. The hubs were identified after a series of consultations with local stakeholders.
Here’s a sample rendering and floor plan of a Tourist Center.
As planned, it will have a souvenir shop, information booth, a waiting lounge, toilets, showers, lockers, wifi, prayer room, office/clinic. It will be operated by local private groups. The floor area is estimated to be 150 sqm.
In Region 10, 12 Tourist Centers will be funded by TIEZA. A total of 58 have been identified by TIEZA.
Two existing Tourist Centers will be enhanced by TIEZA.
A few will be funded by private entities.
There are two types of tickets that can be bought: (1) Point-to-Point; (2) Tourist Bus Pass. The Point-to-Point ticket is the usual origin-destination ticket while the Tourist Bus Pass is an Unlimited Bus Pass for a 3-day, 5-day or 7-day duration wherein you can ride the bus again and again without buying another ticket.
Go Mindanao is investing 300 buses to serve the proposed routes. The buses are fully air-conditioned with fully reclining seats, USB chargers, free wifi, GPS, TV, toilets, brochures, and magazines for the comfort of the riding tourists. Buses depart every hour everyday. Because it is a tourist bus, fares could be higher than regular bus fares but are still affordable.
Go Mindanao is a subsidiary of Davao Metro Shuttle.
March 2018 is just 6 months away. Will you be one of the pioneering tourists to ride the bus?