..THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have issued special permits to more than 40 passenger buses for their extra trips to various routes in Cebu Province. LTFRB 7 Director Ahmed Cuizon said the issuance of special permits to the bus companies started last Dec. 28 and is in line with Oplan Ligtas Biyahe program spearheaded by the Department of Transportation and Communication. Cuizon said the extra trips have made travel easier for the Christmas holiday vacationers to reach their destinations. Included in the list of tourist destinations these holidays are the towns of Santander, Daanbantayan and Oslob, Toledo City and Bogo City. These areas have connecting sea travel to Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Camotes Islands and Bantayan Islands. “This Oplan Ligtas Biyahe will continue until Jan. 2 when people who spent Christmas in Cebu are going back to their provinces, and those who are vacationing in other provinces and are coming home to Cebu,” Cuizon said. Like what they did during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and All last November, DOTC and its line offices, the LTFRB, Land Transportation Office, Cebu Ports Authority, Philippine Ports Authority, Maritime Industry Authority, Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority and Philippine Coast Guard put up help desks at sea ports, airport and bus terminals. Cuizon said, there was no report of any untoward incident since Dec. 28.