LTFRB director fired over alleged extortion in Bicol

Robie de Guzman   •   December 4, 2019   •   794

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 to open 5 more routes for provincial buses on Dec. 24

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced it is opening five more routes for 440 provincial utility buses starting December 24.

The LTFRB said the move was based on memorandum circulars 2020-051G and 2020-051H which were issued on December 21.

The following are the routes that will be opened on Thursday:

  • Baguio City – Mariveles, Bataan
  • Baguio City – Olongapo, Zambales
  • North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) – Baguio City
  • North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) – Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
  • North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) – Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

The LTFRB said roadworthy public utility vehicles with valid and existing certificates of public convenience or application for extension of validity will be allowed to travel.

These vehicles must also have a registered personal passenger insurance policy for each unit allowed to ply in approved routes.

The LTFRB said operators are required to post QR code on their vehicles which can download from its website.

The agency also reminded operators and passengers to strictly adhere to safety and health protocols amid the continuing threat of novel coronavirus disease.

Operators and drivers who will violate health protocols and policies may face sanctions including franchise suspension. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

LTFRB to allow operation of additional PUVs starting Dec. 21

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed additional units of UV Express and modern jeepneys to operate beginning Monday (December 21).

The LTFRB approved 15 modern PUJs and 15 modern UV Express units to ply the SM North route going to Rodriguez Sub-urban and in Cubao going to San Rafael, Rizal. The agency said this is to help in the economic recovery of the country amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

LTFRB PRESS RELEASE 19 December 202015 MPUJ AT 15 MODERN UV EXPRESS, MAAARI NANG BUMIYAHE SA MGA BUBUKSANG RUTA NG…

Posted by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board – LTFRB on Friday, December 18, 2020

The agency said road-worthy PUVs with existing Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) or Application for Extension of Validity will be allowed to operate. The PUVs should also register for Personal Passenger Insurance Policy.

Aside from additional jeepneys and UV Express, over two units of provincial point-to-point buses have also been allowed to resume operation. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

269 P2P provincial buses, maaari nang bumiyahe sa bubuksang 10 ruta simula Disyembre 21

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Magbubukas na sa susunod na linggo ang Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ng sampung ruta para sa pagbiyahe ng 269 point-to-point (P2P) provincial buses papasok at palabas ng Metro Manila.

Ayon sa LTFRB, alinsunod ito sa memorandum circular 2020-082 na inilabas matapos payagan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ang pagpasada ng mga provincial bus sa mga pinapayagang point-to-point routes.

Sa ilalim ng memorandum circular, ang mga ruta na bubuksan sa Disyembre 21 ay ang mga sumusunod:

  • Clark, Pampanga – SM North EDSA
  • Clark, Pampanga – NAIA Terminal (With Limited Stop in Ortigas)
  • Clark, Pampanga – Lubao, Pampanga (With Specials Stops in San Fernando and Angeles City)
  • Clark, Pampanga – Dagupan, Pangasinan (With Special Stops at Rosales and Urdaneta, Pangasinan)
  • Clark, Pampanga – Subic, Zambales (With Special Stop at Dinalupihan, Bataan)
  • NAIA/Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx) – Baguio City
  • Batangas City – Ortigas
  • Batangas City – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx)
  • Lipa City, Batangas – Ortigas
  • Lipa City, Batangas – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx)

Ayon sa LTFRB, maaaring magbiyahe ang mga roadworthy PUV na may valid at existing Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) o Application for Extension of Validity, at kinakailangang naka-rehistro sa Personal Passenger Insurance Policy ang bawat unit sa mga rutang nakapaloob sa MC.

Binigyang-diin naman ng ahensiya na kailangan ng special permit ang mga provincial P2P bus na bibiyahe sa mga inter-regional routes sa labas ng Metro Manila.

Maaaring mag-apply ng special permit sa pamamagitan ng pagpapadala ng mensahe sa technical@ltfrb.gov.ph.

Kailangan ding sumunod ang pick up at drop off terminals ng mga naturang bus sa health at safety protocols bago payagang mag-operate ng local government units.

Muli namang ipinapaalala ng ahensya na walang ipatutupad na taas-pasahe sa mga naturang provincial P2P bus, maliban na lang kung ipag-uutos ito ng LTFRB.

Bukod diyan, kinakailangan sumunod ng mga PUV sa mga alituntunin ng IATF at local government units kaugnay ng health protocols bago sila makabiyahe.

Ang sinumang mahuling lalabag sa mga probisyon ng memorandum circular ay papatawan ng kaukulang parusa

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