by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has suspended the implementation of a memorandum circular which limits UV Express Service Units to point-to-point operations.
In an advisory, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that the memorandum circular 2019-025 will be suspended for two weeks to give way to consultations with stakeholders.
“Per [DOTr] Asec. Goddes [Libiran], yes, it’s confirmed. It will be suspended for two weeks to give way to stakeholder consultation,” the DOTr said in a statement.
The new policy, which abolishes the two-kilometer radius from the endpoints of UV Express units where they are allowed to load and unload passengers, will take effect by middle of June.
The suspension order was issued after various transport groups claimed that the LTFRB did not consult them when it crafted the memo.
They also urged the agency earlier to designate pick-up and drop-off zones between the origin and destination for UV Express units to spare commuters from additional hassle and fare.
The LTFRB will also meet with several transport and commuters’ welfare groups to discuss the new policy.
LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra earlier said the new memo, which was signed on May 16, was actually a part of a 2005 memorandum which provides the original concept of UV Express Service, to only pick-up and drop off commuters at terminals specified in their franchise.
He said the Board decided to remove the two-kilometer radius because most UV express drivers do not use the designated terminals to load and unload passengers between their endpoints. The time used in picking up and dropping off of passengers also slows down traffic. (with details from Joan Nano)
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has called for the suspension of operations of a food park in Las Piñas City allegedly serving exclusively to Chinese customers.
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez called on the Las Piñas local government for the suspension of China Food City.
This, after Trade officials inspected the food park and discovered that the facility lacks necessary permits to operate.
The Secretary said DTI will intervene if the LGU does not comply.
Aside from business permit, the establishment was also flagged for lack of proper sanitation permits, no proper waste disposal system, and lack of waste treatment facility.
Secretary Lopez noticed, however, that there were Filipino customers eating in the place invalidating reports of discrimination or Chinese only preference in the facility.
Lopez asked the Las Piñas Business Permits and Licensing Office to issue a suspension of operations to the establishment while the owners are working on producing the necessary documentation. – Marje Pelayo
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