MANILA, Philippines – The new regulation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) continues to draw criticisms.
The regulation seeks to limit the number of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) the LTFRB will allow to operate on roads.
Based on the Memorandum Circular 2018-03, the agency will limit the number of TNVS in Metro Manila to 45,000, 500 in Cebu and 200 units in Pampanga.
The new order takes effect on February 3.
However, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the LTFRB to review the said regulation.
Tugade explained that the agency should ensure that its implementation is reasonable on the part of both TNVS drivers and commuters.
This allays concerns of TNVS drivers who might lose their jobs should LTFRB push through with the implementation of the said order.
They insisted that they are following the policies of the LTFRB, but they call on the agency to withdraw its plan to impose a cap on the number of operating TNVS on roads.
“What if I become one of those who would lose jobs? What will happen to my family, and to my dialysis?” said TNVS driver Mang Glen.
“I represent the lady drivers who rely solely on this for livelihood and extra income,” said TNVS driver Arlyn Camorongan.
According to Brian Cu, the country head of Grab Philippines, the supply cap may result in higher fare rates, and difficulty of booking rides due to the huge number of TNVS that might be slashed.
“Passengers will have difficulty getting TNVS rides. Higher fares will become frequent due to surges, even though there is still a surge cap in place,” Cu said.
Based on the figures submitted by Uber and Grab to LTFRB, they have 125,000 units operating across the Philippines.
Overall, the number of TNVS drivers who might no longer operate would reach more than 79,000.
Meanwhile, LTFRB will begin accepting new applications for TNVS on February 5. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
Fuel vouchers to be distributed in Marikina today
FILE PHOTO: Fuel Subsidy Card
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be visiting Marikina City Hall Quadrangle today, September 24, to continue the fuel voucher distribution caravan for all public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers.
The distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Operators or drivers need to bring relevant documents to prove ownership of the franchise in order to claim the Libreng Pantawid Pasada cards.
The caravan aims to simplify the process of allocating the fuel vouchers of the Pantawid Pasada Program to almost 200,000 registered PUJ operators across the country.
DOTr belies report of approved P12 minimum jeepney fare
The Department of Transportation has belied reports circulating on social media that the minimum jeepney fare is now P12.
A post by the Facebook page Philippinews Trend said that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has approved the P12 jeepney fare and will implement it starting November.
The DOTr refuted the claim and confirmed that the prevailing provisional fare for jeepneys is P9.00.
In a new post, Philippinews Trend apologized for the wrong information and explained that their FB account was allegedly hacked. They have since deleted the misleading article.
The DOTr reminds the public to be discerning about what you read online and to check official social media accounts instead for reliable information.
Rush hour ban on buses to start Aug 15, total ban soon
MANILA, Philippines — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo said a total ban of provincial buses on EDSA is unlikely for now based on the current state of the Valenzuela Interim Terminal.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian joined MMDA and Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) officials at the inspection of Valenzuela Interim Terminal to assess if it can operate as a station for provincial buses starting August 15.
Aside from the ongoing construction works inside the terminal, MMDA noted several issues that need to be addressed.
Among these are the establishment of designated areas for provincial and city buses; management of queues for jeepneys, buses and UV Express vans that share the terminal; and completion of waiting sheds for passengers.
The MMDA has directed the Valenzuela City government to fast track the completion of the interim terminal within a month.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said, “Give us a little bit more time. Di naman matagal na matagal, para maiayos lang yung terminal condition at tsaka yung mga sasalo na vehicles.”
Nevertheless, the MMDA will still implement on August 15 the ban of provincial buses on EDSA during rush hours.
This means that starting August 15, MMDA personnel will begin apprehending provincial buses on EDSA from 7am to 10am and 6pm to 9pm. Violators of the ordinance will be fined P2,000.
MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said, “Yung dry run natin na kapag ang bus galing ng north, hanggang Cubao lang sila. Kapag galing south, hanggang Pasay. Pinahinga lang natin yung Cubao to Magallanes kasi ginagawa yung Shaw Boulevard.”
The Provincial Bus Operators Association has previously voiced opposition to the policy but they admit that they can do nothing if the MMDA will implement it. — Joan Nano