HOR suspends DOTr’s truck phase-out order

Marje Pelayo   •   December 10, 2018   •   4021

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House of Representatives (HOR) on Monday (December 10) suspended the implementation of an order issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) phasing out trucks 15 years old and above.

According to House Committee on Metro Manila Development, the suspension was due to lack of comprehensive study on its implementation by the agencies enforcing the order.

“(Were) there studies made prior to issuance of this department order, studies that reflect that after 15 years, certain vehicles in the country resulted in accidents breakdowns of trucks?’ asked COOP-NATCO Party list Rep. Anthony Bravo.

“On my personal knowledge po wala po. Hindi ko po alam sa DOTR. Ang alam ko po nag trigger nito yung mga dumadaming aksidete ng units,” replied Board Member Ronaldo Corpuz of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Corpuz argued that vehicles 15 years old and above are already prone to accidents since the metals could be worn out already due to age.

“Ikino-consider din po diyan ang metal fatigue. Kahit po sabihin natin na kunwari ang isang unit ay nagpa-ganda pero iyong kalamnan niya ay medyo marupok na rin,” Corpuz argued.

But the House panel and a group of truckers are not convinced by LTFRB’s argument.

“Ang naaaksidenteng nakikita natin nakakatulog lang yung drivers,” said Senior Citizens Party list Rep. Francisco Datol.

“Ang problema po ang disiplina ng mga driver natin. Kung minsan kung makipagbalagbagan sa kalsada kala mo sidecar ang dala,” added Rep. Michael Lopez of Manila.

For the Alliance of Philippine Brokers and Truckers, the standard of the vehicle is not measured by its age.

“There could very well be trucks that are 5 years old and yet not be road worthy…it appears that the standard being used is not reasonable,” argued Atty. Ferdinand Mañebo, the group’s legal counsel.

The House committee suggested that the DOTr should work more on purchasing new motor vehicle inspection service units to make sure that all vehicles are properly checked before travelling.

“Two years ago we [Congress] allocated funds for the purchase of MVIS.  However, because of the bureaucratic delay of your office, hindi po nare-realize ang beauty ng implementation ng MVIS,” explained Committee Chair Rep. Winnie Castelo.

Castelo has ordered the committee secretary to notify the DOTr of the suspension of the order on truck phase out. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

List of allowed and prohibited public transport under MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) reminds the public that as certain areas in the country reverts back to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), limitations on public transportation will again be imposed.

For areas placed under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), public transportation is not allowed, and some transportation services will remain limited.

This applies to Metro Manila or the National Capital Region and Region 4A specifically Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal as approved by President Rodrigo Duterte and announced on Sunday (August 2).

READ: Duterte reverts NCR, nearby areas to MECQ beginning Tuesday, August 4

Only public shuttles for frontline workers or those who will return to work in allowed industries under the MECQ will be allowed. 

Meanwhile, all other public utility vehicles (PUV) like buses, jeepneys, taxis, transport network service vehicles (TNVS) will not be allowed.

Exemptions for tricycles, however, will be determined based on the guidelines set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local government units. 

Trail operations will remain suspended to include the services of the Philippine National Railways (PNR), LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3.

In the private sector, only company shuttles are allowed with 50% passenger capacity and a special permit from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Meanwhile, personal vehicles owned by persons or workers in permitted sectors are also allowed with only two person passenger capacity.

Other vehicles like bicycle, motorcycle, or e-scooter are allowed but only for authorized persons outside residence (APOR) with a maximum passenger capacity of one person.

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DOTr warns bus drivers vs reckless driving

Marje Pelayo   •   July 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) directed its affiliate agency to conduct an immediate investigation on the recent incident of reckless driving on EDSA Busway that put at risk the safety of motorists. 

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will conduct the probe and issue the necessary show cause order to the operator of MSJ Tours bus following an incident involving one of its drivers who violated road transport rules and safety as captured in a dashcam video that was posted on social media. 

The posted video shows the MSJ Tours bus, with conduction sticker no. U1 L782, recklessly speeding along the EDSA Busway hitting a concrete barrier in its way.

The driver was issued a show cause order on Monday (July 27) by the LTO, through Transportation Asec. Edgar Galvante.

The DOTr reiterates that it will not hesitate to impose the same appropriate sanctions as warranted against the operator of MSJ Tours and the driver involved in this incident.

“Let this serve as a warning to all our road transport partners that the DOTr, LTRB and LTO will never tolerate this irresponsible and reckless manner of driving by authorized PUBs which poses a danger to life and possible damage to property,” the agency warned.

Cha-Cha sees no progress in Senate

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several senators seem adamant on catering to the House of Representatives’ (HOR) proposed Charter change.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said such a proposal is not a priority at this time adding that the Senate is not considering accepting it after the HOR approved its version of the bill.

The Lower House proposes the following amendments to the Constitution:

1. Legislative flexibility for foreign Investments

2. Tandem voting for president and vice president

3. Election of senators by region (with proposal dividing PH to 9 regions)

4. 5-year term for local officials and Congressmen

House Committee on Constitutional Amendments Chairman Rufus Rodriguez is asking the senators to take time to study their proposal before deciding to drop it.

“I hope that the senators, instead of saying, it’s doomed, it’s not a priority, should look into every proposal: are they good for the country or not? That is the main issue there,” Rodriguez argued.

The lawmaker also denied allegations that the bill is “self-serving” on the part of the congressmen and that they have personal interests in pushing the proposed amendments.

“If this is approved it will only apply to those elected in 2022. All of us will go to the elections of 2022,” Rodriguez said.

“We are not extending our terms,” he added.

The Surigao Del Sur Representative stressed that the bill underwent public consultation from various sectors across the country.

The Lower House lawmakers are expected to debate on the measure at the plenary come February next year which may run for two months, according to Rodriguez. – MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

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