List: Approved UV Express routes starting June 29

Marje Pelayo   •   June 29, 2020   •   575

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced that a total of 980 UV Express units will start operating on Monday (June 29) along 47 routes in and out of Metro Manila.

Under the guidelines set by LTFRB through Memorandum Circular No. 2020-025, all routes are strictly terminal-to-terminal only, meaning, drivers are not allowed to pick up or drop off  passengers along the way.

UV Express units are not allowed on EDSA and Commonwealth Avenue except to cross.

Fare rate shall remain at P2 per kilometer, according to the memorandum. and that no fare adjustment shall be applied unless approved by the agency.

Additionally, the following are salient provisions stated in the guidelines in relation to health protocols imposed by the national government in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic:

  • Operators must regularly examine a driver’s fitness to work, checking their body temperature and screening for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wearing of masks and gloves at all times is mandatory to all drivers and conductors.
  • Strictly “No Face Mask, No Ride” for commuters.
  • Exact fare shall be paid prior to boarding the PUV or operators/drivers may devise any fare collection system such as use of a fare drop-off to minimize/prevent transmittal of COVID-19.
  • Strictly two (2) passengers per row with passengers seated one seat apart.
  • Impermeable barriers must be installed to seal off the driver’s compartment and between rows of seats that are less than one (1) meter apart.

The guidelines for UV Express operations are in line with the “gradual, calibrated and calculated approach” of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the resumption of public transportation in Metro Manila amid the general community quarantine (GCQ).

According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, failure to comply with the guidelines may warrant the imposition of fines and suspension or cancellation of their franchise.

LTFRB central office closes for a week from July 13 to 17

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The central office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is temporarily closed from July 13 to 17 to give way to disinfection measures after five of its employees tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Nangyari po lahat ‘yan habang mahigpit na sinusunod ng ahensya ang mga public safety protocols (This happened while the agency was strictly imposing public safety protocols),” said LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin B. Delgra III.

Dahil sa sitwasyon ngayon sa tanggapan ng LTFRB, at para sa kaligtasan ng mga empleyado, ang aming mga stakeholders, at ng publiko, napagpasya naming itigil muna ang operasyon ng LTFRB Central Office simula sa Lunes. Hindi pinapayagang pumasok sa opisina ang mga tauhan ng ahensya,” he added.

(Due to the situation now at our central office in LTFRB, and for the protection of our employees, stakeholders and the general public, we decided to temporarily stop the operation of LTFRB Central Office from Monday. All personnel are not allowed to enter the office premises.)

The agency advised the public that transactions relative to the following services will be temporarily deferred:

  • 24/7 Public Assistance Complaints Desk 1342
  • Inquiries on legal matters
  • New Application for CPC
  • Application for Extension of Validity
  • Petition for Dropping and Substitution of Units
  • Petition for Dropping of Units
  • Petition for Installation of Advertising Sign
  • Application for Consolidation of Cases
  • Petition for Change Venue of Registration
  • Petition for Adoption of Trade Name
  • Petition for Storage of Unit Plate
  • Petition for Upgrading/Downgrading of Units
  • Petition for Cancellation of Franchise
  • Petition for Withdrawal of Application
  • Petition for Adoption of Color Scheme
  • Application for Change of Party Applicant
  • Request for Garage and Unit Inspection
  • Surrender of Plates
  • Clearance of Account
  • Assessment of Fees
  • Re- Assessment of Fees
  • Releasing of Assessment of fees
  • Issuance of Special Permit
  • Clearance and Releasing of Impounded Vehicles

Meanwhile, the following services may be transacted online: 

  • Request for Special Permit;
  • Correction of Typographical Error;
  • Request for Confirmation of Unit/s;
  • Request for Franchise Verification;
  • Request for Issuance or Extension Provisional Authority;
  • Legal Concerns/Query on Hearing Schedule, Status

The LTFRB stressed that only its central office located along East Avenue, Quezon City will be temporarily closed.

Affected stakeholders may transact their concerns through the LTFRB-NCR’s Public Transport Online Processing System (PTOPS).

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MRT-3 to operate at reduced capacity as COVID-19 cases in depot rise to 127

Maris Federez   •   July 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The MRT management will limit the number of trains in operation starting July 6.

This after a number of its personnel tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the total of positive cases to 127, a Department of Transportation (DOTr) advisory said.

Initial report said the 127 cases consist of 124 Sumitomo Depot personnel and 3 MRT-3 Depot personnel who will be placed under mandatory quarantine and medication.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said that with the guidance of the IATF-EID and upon the advice of Sumitomo-MHI, MRT-3 will be able to continue operations, with the possibility of reducing capacity or with fewer trains.

“Sumitomo requested to discuss on a day-by-day basis the level of operations that they can sustain as results of the mass swab testing continue to be released. In the meantime, Sumitomo advised that they are able to continue with operations to service MRT-3’s tens of thousands of passengers, although at a reduced level,” said Usec Batan.

“While we try to do our best to keep the same maintenance performance through this week, we would like to discuss with DOTr MRT3 office day by day, how much maintenance level we would be able to keep, in view of the number of COVID-19 infected people,” said Masanori Honda of Sumitomo.

The advisory also said that “to augment MRT-3’s further reduced capacity due to the quarantine of some of its depot personnel, DOTr will be boosting its Bus Augmentation Program and EDSA Busway service, in coordination with the DOTr Road Sector, LTFRB, and MMDA.”

“Per guidance of the IATF-EID, additional measures and precautions will be taken during MRT-3’s reduced operations, including requiring full PPE for stations and depot personnel, limiting movement of depot personnel to their immediate areas of responsibility, increased disinfection activities, and heightened monitoring and screening of symptoms among all personnel,” the advisory further read.

Meanwhile, MRT reminds the public that it will suspend operation on July 4 and 5 to give way to their rail replacement activities. —(with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

Traditional jeepneys back on Metro Manila roads July 3

Marje Pelayo   •   July 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines  — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has finally given traditional jeepneys the green light to partially resume operations in Metro Manila starting Friday (July 3).

Under LTFRB Memorandum Circular 2020-026, traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJ) will be allowed in 49 selected routes in the National Capital Region (NCR) throughout implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ). 

Each unit will have a corresponding QR code on display in lieu of a special permit. 

Operators are advised to secure said QR Code through the LTFRB website at www.ltfrb.gov.ph.

Only PUJS that are registered ‘roadworthy’ and with valid Personal Passenger Insurance Policy will be allowed to operate.

Likewise, no fare increase will be applied unless approved by the Board and the existing fare of P9.00 for the first four kilometers and P1.50 for succeeding kilometer(s) should be followed. 

Drivers and operators are still required to comply with a series of health safety measures, such as checking of body temperature, wearing masks and gloves at all times, and operating at a maximum of 50% capacity to make sure physical distancing is observed. 

A fare dropbox is encouraged to limit personal contact with passengers. 

Also, passengers are required to fill out passenger contact forms for contact tracing purposes and should wear masks at all times.

LIST of approved PUJ routes starting July 3:

  • T102 Camarin – Novaliches;
  • T103 Karuhatan – Ugong;
  • T104 Malabon – Monumento via Letre;
  • T105 Malabon (TP) – Navotas (TP);
  • T107 Monumento – Navotas via Letre;
  • T205 Cubao – Proj. 4 via JP Rizal;
  • T206 Cubao – San Juan via N. Domingo;
  • T208 IBP Road – Lupang Pangako via Gravel Pit Road;
  • T209 Marikina – Pasig;
  • T210 Pantranco – Proj. 2 & 3 via Kamuning;
  • T211 Proj. 2 & 3 – Q Mart;
  • T212 Sucat-Highway – Bagumbayan;
  • T213 Ayala – Pateros via JP Rizal;
  • T215 Marikina – Pateros via Pasig;
  • T301 A. Boni – A. Mabini via 10th Ave.;
  • T302 A. Bonifacio – D Tuazon/E. Rodriguez Ave.;
  • T303 A. Rivera – Raon via Severino Reyes;
  • T305 Ayala – Mantrade via Pasong Tamo;
  • T306 Ayala – Washington;
  • T309 Balic-Balic – Quiapo via Lepanto;
  • T310 Balic-Balic – Bustillos via G. Tuazon;
  • T311 Balic-Balic – Espana/M. Dela Fuente;
  • T312 Balintawak – Frisco;
  • T313 Balut – Blumentritt;
  • T314 Blumentritt – North Harbor via Divisoria;
  • T316 Boni – Kalentong JRC via Boni Avenue;
  • T317 Dian – Libertad;
  • T318 Divisoria – Gastambide via Morayta;
  • T320 Divisoria – Pier North via Plaza Moriones;
  • T321 Divisoria – Quiapo via Evangelista;
  • T322 Evangelista – Libertad;
  • T323 Divisoria – Velasquez;
  • T324 Guadalupe Market – L. Guinto via Pasig Line;
  • T326 L. Guinto – Sta. Ana;
  • T327 Herbosa/Pritil – P. Guevarra via Tayuman;
  • T328 Kalentong/JRC – P. Victorino via P. Cruz;
  • T330 Divisoria – Sta. Cruz via San Nicolas;
  • T331 Kayamanan C – PRC via Pasong Tamo;
  • T332 L. Guinto – Zobel Roxas via Paco;
  • T333 Lardizabal – Rizal Ave. via M. Dela Fuente;
  • T334 Lealtad – Quiapo (Barbosa) via Lepanto;
  • T335 Kalentong/JRC – Libertad (Mandaluyong) Nueve de Pebrero;
  • T336 Kalentong/JRC – Namayan via Vergara;
  • T338 North Harbor – Quiapo via Evangelista;
  • T340 P. Faura – San Andres;
  • T343 Quezon Ave. – Sta. Mesa Market via Araneta Avenue;
  • T344 Crame – San Juan via Pinaglabanan;
  • T401 Alabang – Sucat via M.L. Quezon; and
  • T402 Soldiers Hill (Phase IV) – Talon via Alvarez

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