Commuter, transport groups call for resignation of LTFRB’s Martin Delgra

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 2018   •   3968

FILE PHOTO: LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Some transport and commuter groups are dismayed by the sudden cut in jeepney fares without proper consultation from stakeholders.

The minimum jeepney fare of P9.00 took effect on Tuesday from the previous P10.00.

Tuesday (December 4) was supposedly the second hearing of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on the group’s petition to rollback the minimum jeepney fare to P8.00 instead of P9.00.

“Bakit bigla-bigla nilang kinansela itong hearing na ito? Ano ang dahilan? Bastusan na ba ito?” said RJ Javellana of the United Filipino Consumers and Commuters (UFCC) group.

The UFCC argued that the rollback was not enough because the price of oil has already been slashed many times to a significant amount.

Avellana said, even bus fares should also be rolled back following the oil price drop.

“Taong 2008 buwan po ng Mayo, ang presyo po ng diesel ay P46.40. Ang presyo po ng pamasahe ay P8. Ang pamasahe po kahapon P10 pesos. Ngayon ay P9.00 pesos pero ang diesel po ay naglalaro sa P38.80,” Avellana argued.

The transport group insisted that the LTFRB should have held a consultation or a hearing on the price cut prior to its implementation.

Efren de Luna of the Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO) said fare cuts or fare hikes shouldn’t be based solely on the price of oil.

De Luna said maintenance cost, discounts for senior citizens and students, the color-coding scheme as well as the traffic situation are also significant factors to be considered in planning for fare adjustments.

The group added that their petition for fare increase have long been stalled and have already incurred them losses in income.

“Dating nakakaanim na ikot kami, dahil sa matinding traffic naging  apat na lamang ang pag-ikot namin edi napakalaki ng pasahero na nawala sa amin,” De Luna lamented.

Meanwhile, former LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada expressed support to the complaints of the transport and commuters’ groups.

She believes that the resolution for a fare cut was drafted and released in haste.

“Ang proseso kasi nauuna si board member Corpuz and then to my office and then last si Chairman Delgra. So yung natanggap kong resolusyon tama yung protocol Corpuz, ako. Pero yung nilabas nila, Corpuz (to) Delgra. Hindi na idinaan sa akin when in fact I have 2 copies of the draft resolution signed by board member Corpuz,” Lizada said on the alleged breach of channeling in the recent fare reduction.

However, Lizada clarified that the agency has the power to impose fare reduction even without a petition and if the latest fare increase is only temporary.

Because of the controversy, the groups called on LTFRB Martin Delgra to resign as they accuse him of mismanaging the agency.

Delgra has yet to respond to their call.

Lizada, meanwhile, whose term in the LTFRB ends today, calls on her former colleagues to be more open and to listen to the queries of the agency’s stakeholders.

“My message to the members of the board: have time to dialogue with your stakeholders. Hindi po natin sila kalaban. Listen to them. If you want their cooperation, be open enough to meet them. Let us not meet them only when we need something from them. Let us meet them especially when they need us. That’s why we are placed there,” Lizada concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

LTFRB Central, NCR Regional Office closed until April 26

Marje Pelayo   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The central office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as well as its regional office in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be closed until April 26.

The announcement was to give way for the swab testing of employees in the said LTFRB offices.

This means no transactions will be entertained in these offices until April 26 except for submission of applications in the receiving section of the agency’s Technical Division.

The public is advised to transact online or forward their concerns through e-mail messaging.

The following are transactions that can be processed online:
1. Request for Special Permit at Correction of Typographical Error: online.td@ltfrb@gov.ph
2. Request for Confirmation of Unit/s at Request for Franchise Verification: online.ismd@ltfrb.gov.ph
3. Request for Issuance or Extension Provisional Authority: legal@ltfrb.gov.ph
4. Legal Concerns/Query (Hearing Schedule and Status): legalconcerns@ltfrb.gov.ph
5. Information Systems Management Division (ISMD): ismd@ltfrb.gov.ph
6. Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program National Project Management Office (PUVMP-NPMO): puvmptechnical.ltfrbco@gmail.com

For inquiries regarding transactions with LTFRB-NCR, the public may direct their concerns to the agency’s Public Transport Online Processing System (P-TOPS) which can be accessed on the LTFRB’s official website www.ltfrb.gov.ph.

Additional 195 routes for provincial buses to open April 15 — LTFRB

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that 195 routes in different parts of the country are set to open on Thursday (April 15) for the operation of 2,665 provincial public utility buses (PUBs).

This is in compliance with Memorandum Circular No. 2021-023 issued by the LTFRB and to uphold the mandate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of providing convenient travel to the riding public.

Such a move is expected to minimize or fully stop the operation of out-of-line or “colorum” vehicles which the DOTr sees as among the main contributors to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to different parts of the country.

Though the LTFRB announced these new routes, protocols will still depend on the restrictions and requirements imposed by respective local government units (LGUs) particularly the decision to open their borders to public vehicles coming from other LGUs.

To check the additional routes, click this link.

Roadworthy provincial buses may operate if they have a valid personal passenger insurance policy in the new routes.

Vehicles allowed in the new routes are those with a QR code from LTFRB which must be printed and displayed in the bus unit.

QR Codes can be downloaded from the LTFRB’s official website www.ltfrb.gov.ph.

269 P2P provincial buses, maaari nang bumiyahe sa bubuksang 10 ruta simula Disyembre 21

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Magbubukas na sa susunod na linggo ang Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ng sampung ruta para sa pagbiyahe ng 269 point-to-point (P2P) provincial buses papasok at palabas ng Metro Manila.

Ayon sa LTFRB, alinsunod ito sa memorandum circular 2020-082 na inilabas matapos payagan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ang pagpasada ng mga provincial bus sa mga pinapayagang point-to-point routes.

Sa ilalim ng memorandum circular, ang mga ruta na bubuksan sa Disyembre 21 ay ang mga sumusunod:

  • Clark, Pampanga – SM North EDSA
  • Clark, Pampanga – NAIA Terminal (With Limited Stop in Ortigas)
  • Clark, Pampanga – Lubao, Pampanga (With Specials Stops in San Fernando and Angeles City)
  • Clark, Pampanga – Dagupan, Pangasinan (With Special Stops at Rosales and Urdaneta, Pangasinan)
  • Clark, Pampanga – Subic, Zambales (With Special Stop at Dinalupihan, Bataan)
  • NAIA/Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx) – Baguio City
  • Batangas City – Ortigas
  • Batangas City – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx)
  • Lipa City, Batangas – Ortigas
  • Lipa City, Batangas – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx)

Ayon sa LTFRB, maaaring magbiyahe ang mga roadworthy PUV na may valid at existing Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) o Application for Extension of Validity, at kinakailangang naka-rehistro sa Personal Passenger Insurance Policy ang bawat unit sa mga rutang nakapaloob sa MC.

Binigyang-diin naman ng ahensiya na kailangan ng special permit ang mga provincial P2P bus na bibiyahe sa mga inter-regional routes sa labas ng Metro Manila.

Maaaring mag-apply ng special permit sa pamamagitan ng pagpapadala ng mensahe sa technical@ltfrb.gov.ph.

Kailangan ding sumunod ang pick up at drop off terminals ng mga naturang bus sa health at safety protocols bago payagang mag-operate ng local government units.

Muli namang ipinapaalala ng ahensya na walang ipatutupad na taas-pasahe sa mga naturang provincial P2P bus, maliban na lang kung ipag-uutos ito ng LTFRB.

Bukod diyan, kinakailangan sumunod ng mga PUV sa mga alituntunin ng IATF at local government units kaugnay ng health protocols bago sila makabiyahe.

Ang sinumang mahuling lalabag sa mga probisyon ng memorandum circular ay papatawan ng kaukulang parusa

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