Expanded student discount to take effect on Saturday

UNTV News   •   October 26, 2017   •   4705

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MANILA, Philippines – The Expanded Student Discount will take effect on Saturday, October 28. This will provide students 20% discounts in all public transportation even during weekends and holidays, based on the memorandum circular issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

The new policy is also effective during summer breaks, legal and special holidays.

However, the discount does not cover students taking up medicine, law, masters and doctorate degrees.

College student, Zaldy Tamon is relieved by the new policy as he uses public transport to school every day.

“Twenty percent is quite big for a student like me.  For instance, I commute or sometimes I rid a taxi, so I will just pay P80 instead of P100 when I ride a taxi. I can save P20, which I can use to buy food or to pay for photocopies of my required readings,” he said.

But transport group Piston’s George San Mateo urged the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to impose a system that will require students to present a stub to prove that they have school on weekends or summer breaks. – Abi Santa Ines | UNTV News & Rescue

LTFRB director fired over alleged extortion in Bicol

Robie de Guzman   •   December 4, 2019

Former LTFRB Bicol Director II Vladimir Custer Kahulugan

MANILA, Philippines – A regional director of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has been dismissed from office over alleged extortion in Bicol.

In a statement, the LTFRB said that Bicol Director II Vladimir Custer Kahulugan was ordered terminated by the Office of the President in an order released last November 28.

LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra said Kahulugan was sacked after he was allegedly found demanding “monthly protection money” from operators of public utility vehicles (PUV) in the Bicol region.

The Investigation, Security, and Law Enforcement Staff of the Department of Transportation conducted an investigation into Kahulugan following a complaint from a bus operator.

Delgra said that probe findings reaching his office indicated that Kahulugan, together with four other members of the LTFRB enforcement team, have been allegedly collecting money from PUV operators.

The agency said Kahulugan’s alleged cohorts, identified as Narciso Juntereal, Robert Pacurib, Jose Pado, and Eduardo Felix, reportedly evaded an entrapment operation launched in July.

Investigating officials also found that Kahulugan’s team was allegedly involved in “hulidap” operations where they apprehend PUVs and subsequently released in exchange for grease money.

“Likewise, Kahulugan’s group were found allegedly “protecting” drivers and operators of colorum vehicles,” the LTFRB added.

The DOTR investigators have recommended the filing of criminal charges against Kahulugan, and the deactivation of the Bicol Inter-Agency Road Safety Operation (BIARSO) organized against colorum vehicles, which he allegedly used in his extortion activities.

LTFRB reiterates ban on transport of pork, pork products through PUVs

Marje Pelayo   •   December 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reiterates that all fresh, frozen, and processed pork products and by-products like sausages and are prohibited inside all public utility vehicles (PUVs) if carrier doesn’t have the needed permits.

This ban on transport of pork and pork products through common public transport such as PUVs is in line with the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) across the country.

Carriers will only be allowed to transport pork products provided they presented the necessary documents at designated Animal Quarantine Checkpoints in disease outbreak areas.

According to LTFRB, violators will be fined of up to P200,000 in accordance with Republic Act 10536 otherwise known as the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.

LTFRB to review, monitor Grab’s fare setting

Robie de Guzman   •   November 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Thursday said it will review the fare setting of ride-hailing firm Grab Philippines after the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) imposed a fine on the company for overcharging.

In a statement, the LTFRB said the P23-million fine imposed on Grab PH was due to the firm’s failure to follow through a voluntary commitment it made with the PCC and was not related to the agency’s fare structure guidelines.

“To put it in proper context, the fine issued by PCC in its Decision recently rendered pertains to the failure of Grab to fulfill its commitment to PCC as embodied in Grab’s Undertaking which it voluntarily submitted to PCC. It has nothing to do with LTFRB’s fare structure.” LTFRB Board Member Engr. Ronaldo Corpus said.

The LTFRB met with the PCC on Monday to discuss the fine imposed on Grab.

The agency said a review will be conducted to monitor Grab’s fare setting “in order to determine any violation on the existing fare structure issued by the Board.”

Under LTFRB’s Memorandum Circular 2019-036, transport network vehicle services (TNVS) were ordered to charge the following fares: car sedans shall charge a flagdown rate of up to P40 with additional fare of P15 per kilometer; up to P50 for premium AUV/SUV with additional fare of P18 per kilometer; and up to P30 for hatchbacks/sub-compact vehicles with P13 additional charge per kilometer.

The LTFRB also allowed TNVS companies to charge a P2 per minute travel time and 2x pricing surge.

The PCC on Nov. 18 slapped Grab PH a total fine of P23.45 million and ordered the firm to return to its passengers some P5 million in overcharges.

Grab PH earlier assured to obey the antitrust watchdog’s order.

The LTFRB said it remains committed to its mandate of providing a transparent, accountable, safe, and timely service to the riding public.

“The agency shall continue to work closely with the PCC regarding this issue,” it added.

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