- Victory Liner
Infobox Bus transit
name = Victory Liner
logo_size = 250
company_slogan = "We Move People Better Safer"
founded = 1945
Caloocan City, Philippines
service_area = Manila-Northern Luzon,
service_type = Provincial Operation
fleet = 700+ Buses, (Isuzu, KingLong, Nissan, Hyundai, MAN, Yutong)
operator = Victory Liner Inc.
website = [http://www.victoryliner.com/ www.victoryliner.com]
Victory Liner, Inc., is one of the largest and pioneer bus companies in the
"Victory Joe" - origin of the name Victory Liner
The phrase "Victory Joe", reminiscent of America's victory in the
World War IIbecame a household word. Since Hernandez's first name is Jose, the English version of which is "Joe", Mr. Hernandez thought that Victory Liner would be a catchy name for his enterprise and so he adapted it.
Founded by "Mr. Jose I. Hernandez", a pre-war mechanic, he collected bits and pieces of machinery, metals and spare parts from abandoned
U.S. Militaryvehicles. He intended to build a delivery truck from scratch for his family's buy and sell business of rice, corn, vegetables and their home-made laundry soap.
Upon completion of the truck, he was surprised to see that what he envisioned to be a delivery truck turned out to be more like a bus.
October 15, 1945, Mr. Hernandez's first bus plied the Manila- Olongapo- Manilaline. He was the driver and Leonardo D. Trinidad (a brother-in-law) was his conductor.
Victory Liner pioneered in the conversion of front engine buses and the use of steel-bodied buses. In the late 1960s,the company adapted the use of
dieselengines for its growing fleet.
Victory Liner provided the riding public with air-conditioned provincial bus service, a novelty at that time. It was also the first bus company to institute the queuing system for orderly boarding of buses.
Victory Liner was the first to use the
automatic transmission(the General Motors, Allison Transmissionautomatic transmission) for its buses, and the use of television and video facilities in its buses. Also, during this decade the company embarked on an aggressive training program for its drivers, conductors, and mechanics on proper road safety, customer service, and bus maintenance. The company started expanding its franchise routes as well.
1990s - present
The emergence of new bus terminals in strategic locations in Metro Manila. It has maintained stability amidst setbacks resulting from the 1990 earthquake, the 1991 eruption of
Mount Pinatubo, the 1992 withdrawal of U.S Military Bases, the 1995 heavy laharflows, and the high borrowing cost that crippled the country’s economy since July 11, 1997 de facto devaluation , all of which adversely affected its main routes.
Also, today, Victory Liner is now utilizing
Hyundai, King Long, Nissan, MAN, and Isuzubuses.
Though times are harder than it was 50 years ago, the company is continuously undertaking an aggressive computerization program of its systems along with the ongoing modernization and upgrading of its bus fleet and facilities.
November 30, 2006, at about 4:30 pm (16:35), a Victory Liner air-conditioned bus exploded and burned at the Olongapo Cityterminal after a bomb detonated. The bus conductor was killed instantly when he inspected a box inside the bus that was left by a passenger, the box exploded and killed the conductor instantly. Luckily the passengers had just disembarked from the bus when the bomb exploded. The driver also luckily escaped when he got off the bus to report to the dispatcher. Some bystanders were also injured by the blast and suffered burns. The Olongapo City Fire Department responded immediately and doused the flames from the burning bus. Olongapo CityMayor James "Bong" Gordonalso responded to the scene together with the police and medical teams.
The Victory Liner bus with a body number 1565 was from
PasayCity en route to Olongapo. The New People's Armywas suspected responsible for the bombing because the company was not able to pay revolutionary taxes.
June 8, 2007a Victory Liner aircon bus was robbed in San Miguel, Bulacanby armed robbers. Three people were killed as a result. The robbers disembarked at Gapan Cityand escaped. The Victory Liner bus with a body number 644 was from the Kamias Terminal Quezon Cityand was en route to Banaue, Ifugao.
December 27, 2007a Victory Liner aircon bus headed to Baguio Citycollided with a FiveStarOrdinary fare bus headed back to Manila.The passengers are brought to the the nearby hospital in Tarlac. An attorney was injured at the eye and will pay charges against Victory Liner.
*10 armed men burned 5 buses on
May 22, 2008, in its Cubao, Quezon City’s terminal. [ [http://www.gmanews.tv/largevideo/home/23016/Pamunuan-ng-Victory-Liner-ikinagulat-ang-panununog-sa-mga-bus-nila Gma, Pamunuan ng Victory Liner, ikinagulat ang panununog sa mga bus nila, 05/22/2008] ] [ [http://www.gmanews.tv/story/96754/AFP-not-ruling-out-Reds-in-QC-bus-burning-incident GMA NEWS.TV, AFP not ruling out Reds in QC bus burning incident] ]
List of passenger terminals
Cubao( Quezon City)
Alaminos City, Pangasinan
Angeles City(soon to open)
Baguio City, Benguet
Balanga City, Bataan(From Olongapo City only)
Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
Cauayan City, Isabela
**City of San Fernando,
Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Santa Cruz, Zambales
Santiago City, Isabela
Tabuk City, Kalinga
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
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