The jeepney we were riding from Sagada suddenly stopped on the roadside somewhere in Bontoc. The driver came out of the jeepney and instructed us to go down from the topload. He explained that it was actually illegal to topload inside Poblacion, Bontoc. Luckily, there were many passengers who came down that we were able to go inside the jeepney.
The jeepney stopped and the driver instructed us to go down (again!) but this time because we were in front of the bus station going to Tabuk, Kalinga which will be passing by Banaue, Ifugao.
Asking around, the waiting passengers told us that we should buy tickets for Banaue in the ticketing office. Ticket costs 120 Pesos for Banaue.
Since it was illegal to topload inside Poblacion, Bontoc we luckily found the conductor of the bus (they don’t have uniforms) and he explained how we could do topload and not break the law.
Conductor explaining how we can topload
- Be one of the last passengers to ride the bus. This will make you stand for about 5-10 minutes until the bus reaches the end of the “no-toploading zone”.
- The bus will stop and you should be able to climb up the