3 LTFRB employees sacked over alleged corruption

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2019   •   1072

MANILA, Philippines – Three employees of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) were fired from their jobs over alleged corrupt practices.

In its order dated October 25, the LTFRB terminated the services of Rustom Tolentino, Dahlee Joy Saud and Jamil Dimakuta for their alleged involvement in “fixing” activities in the agency’s Northern Mindanao office in Cagayan de Oro City.

Tolentino was the designated driver of the said office; Saud was assigned as frontline assistant while Dimakuta was an inspector. The LTFRB said that based on investigation, the three were involved in “fixing” activities to profit from franchise-related applications.

The agency said the investigation was prompted by a complaint, accusing Tolentino and Saud of demanding money, ranging from P50,000 to P60,000, as “additional payments” for the franchise processing.

The probe revealed the duo’s alleged scheme where Tolentino would receive the applicants and then direct them to Saud who would require the “additional processing payment” aside from the standard processing fees.

Meanwhile, the probe on Dimakuta was launched after a taxi operator accused the inspector of demanding P50,000 for the processing of the complainant’s taxi franchise application.

The LTFRB Dimakuta admitted the accusation when confronted.

“We’ve said this before and we will say it again— walang bayad ang prangkisa. The LTFRB remains committed to the Duterte administration’s drive against corruption,” LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said in a statement.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, for his part, stressed that corruption of any form will not be condoned within the Department of Transportation and its attached agencies.

“Hindi gatasan ang gobyerno. I sternly warn all our employees: alingasngas lang ng katiwalian, tanggal ka,” Tugade warned.

He also urged the public to help in the government’s campaign against corruption by reporting any anomaly or corruption in agencies.

“I ask the public to cooperate. Isumbong ninyo sa aming tanggapan kung may katiwalian. Nandiyan ang social media, nandiyan ang 8888, huwag kayong matakot na dumulog sa amin at aaksyunan namin ‘yan,” he said.

“Also, I urge you not to deal with fixers. Kung ayaw ninyo ng katiwalian, huwag kayong makipag-transaksyon sa mga fixer,” he added.

LTFRB adds 20 more buses to EDSA Busway Carousel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has added 20 more buses to EDSA Busway Carousel.

LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III said this is in response to the long queues brought by the number of passengers wanting to avail of the free ride program launched by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“Dumadami talaga ang pasahero, we have to admit that dahil na rin sa libreng sakay. Kung pagpipiliin po ng pasahero kung saan siya sasakay, sa tren ba na may bayad o sa bus na walang bayad especially along EDSA nakakasiguro ako na pipili tayo doon sa walang bayad,” he said.

(The number of passengers is increasing. We have to admit that this is due to the free rides. If passengers will choose between using the train or the free bus, especially along EDSA, I can assure you they will choose the free ride.)

From the previous 41,000 passengers riding the EDSA Busway Carousel daily, the LTFRB reported that it has increased to 182,000 passengers per day.

The agency is also looking into increasing the capacity per bus to accommodate more passengers and help lessen long queues.

Meanwhile, the DOTr is reviewing the possibility of removing the requirement of wearing face shields in buses as long as the other health and safety protocols will still be followed. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)

DOTr, LTFRB address concerns over long queues at MRT, EDSA Carousel Stations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said they have taken steps to address the long queues in MRT-3 stations and in EDSA Carousel Stations.

In a Facebook post, the DOTr explained that the long lines were prompted by the heavy rain on Friday (June 11).

Vehicular accidents were also reported which contributed to an unusual traffic build-up. The department also noted that waiting time and queuing  are inevitable especially during rush hour or weekend.

“Lines of commuters at the MRT-3 Ortigas and Ayala stations that Friday night were in normal condition. The commuters in the photos lined-up to board buses at the EDSA Carousel stations, which are also located at the said MRT-3 stations,” the DOTr said.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the DOTr Road Sector and the LTFRB to implement protocols to avoid long queues. This includes adding more transport marshals, requesting EDSA Busway Consortium to deploy the maximum number of authorized bus units, and deploy more “rescue skip buses” to congested EDSA Bus Stops to pick up passengers especially during rush hours.

Meanwhile, the DOTr Road Sector, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and local government units (LGUs) concerned shall likewise meet and further discuss various measures to prevent traffic congestion that affect the operation of the EDSA Busway. AAC

LTFRB reiterates responsibility of bus firms to pay employees’ salaries

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reiterated the responsibility of bus firms to pay the salaries of their employees.

During a public briefing on Wednesday (June 9), LTFRB Executive Director Joel Bolano said the agency is open to helping  drivers coordinate with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to raise their concerns.

“Iyon pong mga konduktor po natin ay kailangan bayaran para sa kanilang serbisyo. At kung sakali pong may displacement sa kanilang kumpanya pwede po sila i-refer sa DOLE para sa ibang hanaybuhay na pwedeng pasukan,” he said.

(Our conductors should be paid for their service. In case they are displaced by the company, we can refer them to DOLE for other job opportunities.)

A protest was staged on Monday (June 7) by several drivers and conductors, from various bus firms, calling for the release of their salaries. They said the release of their salaries has been delayed for months. AAC

 

 

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