(Image from Bicol University-University Student Council's Facebook page)

LEGAZPI CITY – The Bicol University (BU) Student Council together with several local government units (LGUs) in Albay opened the 'libreng sakay" or free rides program for learners as classes started on Monday.

Aside from this city, other LGUs that offered free rides are Tabaco City, Guinobatan and Polangui, where the BU has a campus.

In a social media post, the council said the program that will run for one week aims to help the students in their expenses as they go back to school.

"Ngayong balik eskwela na, ay handa nang magbigay ng accessible, abot-kaya, komportable at ligtas na serbisyo sa transportasyon para sa lahat ng ating mga BUenos (Now that we're back to school, we are ready to provide accessible, affordable, comfortable, and safe transportation service for all BU students)," the post read.

The guidelines indicate that those who may avail the free rides must be bona fide students and wearing uniforms. 

However, those who do not wear school uniforms must present a BU identification card or a copy of the certificate of registration to drivers. Faculty staff may also avail of the free rides.

Students who want to avail of the Libreng Sakay may visit https://www.facebook.com/296705987128936/posts/2665805563552288/ for  more specific information with regard the schedules of pick up, and routes.

Anacito Dematera, BU Print and Broadcast Media department head, in an interview on Monday commended the initiative of the student council.

"It will not just help the students financially, but it will also have a good mental effect on students, particularly those who still fear going to school," Dematera said.

He said his department has adopted a blended modality of teaching to prevent the crowding of students in classrooms.

"We still have a combination of face-to-face, online, and virtual classes for our major subjects. We will meet at least once a week, and the following week it will be online or virtual," Dematera said. (PNA)