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DOTR-LTFRB: P10.00 minimum jeepney fare not yet effective

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) clarified confusion on the official implementation of the P2.00 increase in minimum fare on public utility jeepneys (PUJ).

In a decision issued by the LTFRB, the P2.00 fare increase is broken down to “additional one peso for the first four kilometers or a minimum fare of ten pesos from the original fare of eight pesos.”

The decision covers PUJs in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and in the Southern Tagalog Region.

However, the DOTr stressed that the P2.00 fare hike is not yet executory and will only take effect on the first week of November.

This, after a copy of the order leaked on social media that bears no final and official signature.

 “We request drivers to wait until the LTFRB releases the official document on the fare hike before charging any additional fare. Thank you for understanding.” The DOTR-LTFRB’s statement said.

It was in September 2017 when transport groups filed a petition for a fare increase for PUJs citing uncontrollable increase in prices of oil products.

The LTFRB granted the P1 provisional fare increase for jeepneys in Metro Manila and the regions concerned in July this year thus making the minimum fare for jeepneys P9.00.

With an additional P1.00 increase, the minimum fare is now set at P10.00 – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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DOTr to inaugurate country’s first barge terminal on Nov. 22

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018

Courtesy: DOTr

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is set to inaugurate the Cavite Gateway Terminal on Thursday (November 22).

It will be the very first barge terminal in the country located in Tanza, Cavite.

The CGT is a transport gateway for cargoes coming out of international ports in Metro Manila to destinations in Cavite and in nearby ports in Luzon through roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) operations.

The road project will minimize the volume of cargo trucks plying major roads in Metro Manila.

Likewise, it will help avoid delays in delivery of goods.

The Cavite Gateway Terminal is part of the government’s “Build, Build, Build program” which started in 2017. – UNTV News and Rescue

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DOTr to review LTFRB’s approval of P10.00 minimum fare hike for PUJs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

 

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) intends to review the planned implementation of the P10 minimum fare increase for public utility jeepneys (PUJ) which is supposed to take effect this week.

The DOTr wants to study first the decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on the matter.

DOTr Road Transport OIC Undersecretary Mark de Leon argued that the agency has the power to review the decisions made by its attached agencies.

De Leon said they will immediately meet with officials of the LTFRB to discuss the proposed postponement of the implementation of the fare hike.

De Leon explained that when the transport group filed the petition for fare increase, the price of oil was at $80 dollars per barrel in the world market.

But after some time, petroleum prices dropped to $70 dollars per barrel this October, so a price hike is deemed unnecessary.

“We will be recommending that to LTFRB. Iho-hold na muna yung increase,” said De Leon.

The official cited Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade’s proposal of having one formula to follow in imposing fare adjustments which must be based on the price of oil.

“Dapat peron tayong parametric formula na kapag ganito ano in-adjust ng fuel automatic hindi kailangan na pag-usapan pa yan magiging automatic na ang pag-adjust ng fare increase,” De Leon said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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Agencies make rounds at QC bus terminals; drivers submit to drug test

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2018

A driver registering himself for a drug test in Quezon City

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra was on top of his voice when he accosted a dispatcher at a bus terminal in Quezon City on Monday (October 29).

“Kapag lagpas mo nito ng terminal na ito, sisitahin ko na ito. One million ang multa nito, colorum. Pipilitin ninyo iyan o hindi? Pipilitin ninyo ba o hindi?…Just follow the rules!” Delgra told the dispatcher when asked what to do with the bus units in the terminal.

Delgra was joined by representatives from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Inter Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the inspection.

Three bus units where caught in violation of the law for operating out of line while another unit was stopped for having a faded plate.

The LTFRB argued that bus units must have CCTV, dash cam and GPS installed before operating.

The LTFRB added that every bus unit travelling for more than six hours should have an alternative driver.

“Kailangan may relyebo otherwise it’s a violation on the bus company; so, we will have to call their attention, if not penalize. Mahirap kasi, we’re trying to avoid accidents here. We’re trying to address road safety,” Delgra said.

Consequently the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted a surprise random drug testing among drivers and bus conductors prior to their travel.

Delgra said one driver was tested positive from the test and was barred from driving after his licensed was suspended. He is likely to face charges for illegal drug use.

The MMDA, meanwhile, also conducted alcohol breath test to drivers to avoid drunk driving.

“Kapag nakainom ka na, ang tendency nito, it’s either hindi ka nga lasing pero kulang ka sa tulog; so napakadelikado para sa mga long drive. Nasa mahigit, more than 30 ‘yung dala mong pasahero. So, hindi ho natin papayagan na kahit ho konti, one percent ng alcohol, na bumiyahe ‘yung nasabing bus drive,” explained Celine Pialago, the MMDA’s assistant secretary.

Meanwhile, the public is advised to notify the authorities of any violation by bus drivers through police assistance desk in terminals or call LTFRB hotline number 1342, DOTr hotline 7890, and PNP hotline 117. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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