LTFRB to accept franchise application next month

admin   •   April 27, 2017   •   45693

MANILA — Beginning next month, the LTFRB will once again accept franchise applications.

This is after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed the omnibus franchise guidelines for all the public utility vehicles in the country.

The LTFRB believes that this will resolve the problems on out-of-line vehicles as well as the shortage in public utility vehicles (PUV).

“Given the long standing moratorium possible pa na mas maraming madadagdag na prangkisa rather than mawawala,” LTFRB chairman Atty. Martin Delgra said. (Given the long standing moratorium, it is possible that many franchise routes will be added rather than lessened.)

Public utility jeepney traversing EDSA-North Avenue travel without a franchise. Due to a high demand from passengers, jeepney drivers are forced to traverse EDSA-North Avenue. This problem can be solved once the application for franchise is opened.

The LTFRB will get the list of routes that need public transportation from the local government units.

If approved, LTFRB will give franchise for public utility vehicles in the said routes

“For local routes hihintayin namin yung transport route plan ng mga LGU bago kami magpalabas ng prangkisa yan ang basis ng LTFRB,” Atty. Delgra added. (For local routes, we will wait for the transport route plan of the LGU’s before we issue new franchise. That is the basis of LTFRB.)

For their part, jeepney drivers appeal to LTFRB to conduct a thorough study before declaring additional routes on EDSA.

“Kung sa aking lang hindi pwede ganun, kasi delikadong lugar po ang tinatawag na Edsa para jeep, lalo na malalaking sasakyan ang dumadaan dyan,” Ricky dela Cruz, a jeep driver said. (As for me, that is not acceptable. Because EDSA is dangerous for jeepneys, especially large vehicles traverse EDSA.)

“Pwedeng lagyan yun kaya lang kung madalang ang pasahero wala ring saysay yun,” Steward Rada, a jeepney driver said. (That can be implemented but if there are only a few passengers, that will not be profitable.)

Meanwhile, passengers have varying opinions on the matter.

“Siguro makakatulong rin kasi hindi na tatawid yung tao dito na sasakay,” commuter Ruben Cruz said. (Perhaps that will be helpful so that people need not cross the street. They will just take a ride here.)

“Magsisikip po yung traffic kung maglalagay ka ng jeep dyan di ka rin makakausad di maglakad ka na lang,” commuter Ariel Morales said. (Traffic will get heavier if there will be jeepneys there. Vehicles will not move. You will just walk.)

Transport group Pasang Masda has also appealed to LTFRB.

“Sana po ay inyong piliin ang mga tamang tao na siyang dapat magkaroon ng prangkisa hindi po magkaroon ng palakasan sa inyo. At bigyan po ng tamang kaayusan ang pagbibigay ng rekomendasyon sa Department of Transportation at LTFRB (Be fair in giving out franchises and not based on connections. There should be a proper procedure in giving recommendations to DOTr and LTFRB),” said Obet Martin of Pasang Masda.

The LTFRB assured that they will be very careful in approving new routes so as not to add problems to the current traffic situation especially in Metro Manila. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

DOTr, seafarer groups to provide seamen with affordable transient home in NCR

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and several seafarer groups on Thursday (June 17) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide affordable temporary living quarters for seafarers.

The DOTr, the Marino Partylist, and the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) forged an alliance by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on CONDOTEL for Seafarers during the celebration of the Maritime Industry Authority’s (MARINA) 47th Anniversary.

The initiative will give seafarers decent temporary living quarters in the NCR while waiting to be deployed onboard ships, returning from deployment, and those employed in inter-island shipping.

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, Marino Partylist’s Hon. Sandro Gonzalez, and AMOSUP’s Dr. Conrado F. Oca signed the MOU, solidifying their partnership in providing Filipino seafarers affordable temporary living facilities in close proximity to the MARINA and other maritime enterprises.

“Napakagandang pangitain na kung nagse-celebrate tayo ng Anibersaryo, binibigyang importansya ang mga marino. In fact, the highlight of today’s gathering can be summed up into two. Una ay ang pagpirma ng Memorandum of Understanding regarding CONDOTEL na pinapakita natin sa mga marino – na para bang sinasabi ng MARINA – nandirito at gagawa kami ng gusali na kung saan doon kayo mananatili, doon kayo maninirahan at doon kayo gagabayan. Napakagandang pangitain,” Secretary Tugade emphasized in his inspirational message.

DOTr Secretary Arthur  Tugade recognized the efforts of Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago for providing the land for the CONDOTEL, as well as the commitment of the Marino Partylist and AMOSUP for the adequate budget to be made available for the construction of the said building.

Marino Partylist Rep. Gonzalez said the project aims to provide seafarers affordable living quarters after several of them experienced eviction from their dorms in Metro Manila due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) scare.

“During the early months of this pandemic, seafarers staying in Metro Manila were evicted from their dorms and hostiles for failure to pay for their lodging because of the misconception that they came from abroad, they were carriers of COVID-19. That is our motivation for this project – the Seafarer’s CONDOTEL. With this MOU, it gives me comfort that this will never happen again,” he said.

The MOU signing was witnessed by MARINA Administrator Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad (AFP, Ret) and PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago. AAC

LTFRB adds 20 more buses to EDSA Busway Carousel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has added 20 more buses to EDSA Busway Carousel.

LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III said this is in response to the long queues brought by the number of passengers wanting to avail of the free ride program launched by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“Dumadami talaga ang pasahero, we have to admit that dahil na rin sa libreng sakay. Kung pagpipiliin po ng pasahero kung saan siya sasakay, sa tren ba na may bayad o sa bus na walang bayad especially along EDSA nakakasiguro ako na pipili tayo doon sa walang bayad,” he said.

(The number of passengers is increasing. We have to admit that this is due to the free rides. If passengers will choose between using the train or the free bus, especially along EDSA, I can assure you they will choose the free ride.)

From the previous 41,000 passengers riding the EDSA Busway Carousel daily, the LTFRB reported that it has increased to 182,000 passengers per day.

The agency is also looking into increasing the capacity per bus to accommodate more passengers and help lessen long queues.

Meanwhile, the DOTr is reviewing the possibility of removing the requirement of wearing face shields in buses as long as the other health and safety protocols will still be followed. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)

DOTr to review increase of passenger capacity amid easing of quarantine restrictions

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is looking into increasing passenger capacity in public transportation as quarantine restrictions ease in several areas in the Philippines.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said during a virtual presser on Wednesday (June 16) that public transportation is currently at 50% capacity.

“Paunti-unti dadagdan naitn iyan at hihingi tayo ng approval sa mga kinauukulan, higit sa lahat sa IATF at sa mga LGU,” he said.

(We will gradually increase [the capacity] and we will request approval from respective authorities, especially from the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] and LGUs [local government units].)

Meanwhile, the department said they will continue to increase the number of buses available to accommodate more passengers with limited capacity and to lessen congestion.

Tugade also said he has instructed his team to review if increasing the passenger capacity by 5% to 10% is possible.

“Naumpisahan na iyan. Mayroon na kaming tinatawag na pag-aaral at mag-approach kami sa IATF na kung puwede dagdagan, let’s say 5%, 10% and we make it gradual. Hindi natin pwedeng biglain iyan,” he said.

(We have started it. We are already conducting studies and we will approach the IATF if we can increase the capacity by 5% or 10% and we make it gradual. We cannot rush this.) AAC


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