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LTFRB eyes fare regulation for school services

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) convened operators of school services in Metro Manila on Thursday, June 14, to discuss a system and a fare matrix to be imposed on school services.

Based on the current system, school service fares are up to the decision of operators which they present to school management for approval.

To come up with a unified system, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the LTFRB agreed to create a technical working group that will assess and analyze how much fare a school service should charge.

According to the group “Magkakaisang Alyansa ng mga School Service,” they are currently charging a monthly fare of P1,500 per student which they claim is not enough to cover the vehicle maintenance expenses and to cope up with rising prices of oil fuel. Aside from this, the group added that competition among school services is high as tricycles are also being utilized as service for students.

DOTr Undersecretary Thomas Orbos, meanwhile, assured that they will review the use of tricycles as school services in consideration of  areas where tricycles are the only mode of transportation.

LTFRB is yet to decide on a fare matrix on school services. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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Tricycles out, P2P buses and e-trikes in on Katipunan Avenue

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Alternative transportation E-trike


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Five point-to-point (P2P) bus units started servicing students from CP Garcia Avenue and along Katipunan Avenue on Wednesday, June 20.

They now serve as replacements for tricycles following the directive from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB.)

LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada on Tuesday, June 19, accosted tricycle drivers plying on the highway, posing risks especially to student passengers.

The buses charge P8.00 per student from Katipunan Avenue to Aurora Boulevard while parents or guardians pay P10.00 each.

“Kami po ay taos sa pusong tumulong po sa ating LTFRB para matulungan din ang mga riding public natin dito sa Katipunan,” said DNS Transport Operations Manager Patrick Joseph Bocobo.

“Maganda wala nang abala…Mas safe ito pag umuulan,” said Joy Dionisio, a passenger.

“Kung araw-araw ganito at saka eight pesos lang, kasi yun lang talaga kaya namin,” said another passenger Che Tuvilla.

The local government also sent e-trikes to augment the transport units and they are free of charge.

Meanwhile, tricycle drivers assured that the operations of the P2P buses and e-trikes do not affect their income.

“Pagdating doon tatluhan ng tatluhan wala namang problema, okay naman sir, basta mahalaga yung safety ng riding in public. Kung kami, sunod tayo sa ordinansa. Aanhin mo malaki ang kita kung madisgrasya ka naman,” said Loyola Heights/Pansol TODA President Alex Baay. – Reynante Ponte / Marje Pelayo

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Stop & Go Transport Coalition seeks recognition of their own rehabilitated jeepney

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Stop & Go Transport Coalition’s prototype of a reconditioned and customized public utility jeepney (PUJ)


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The group Stop & Go Transport Coalition presented on Tuesday, June 19, the first prototype of a reconditioned and customized public utility jeepney (PUJ) to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Thomas Orbos in the program “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon.”

The transport coalition claimed that such PUJ unit is affordable for drivers and is compliant with the required specifications of the agency in relations to the government’s modernization program.

The PUV unit was in response to the challenge of DOTr in February this year when Orbos asked coalition president Jun Magno to present a rehabilitated jeepney unit that still adheres to the standards set by DOTr and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI.)

After four months, the group was able to come up with a prototype of a rehabilitated jeepney that looks like a brand new unit. The ceiling is high which enables passengers to stand up and the door is placed on the side for safety as stated in the DOTr’s specifications.


Inside the Stop & Go Transport Coalition’s rehabilitated jeepney prototype


According to the transport group, the total cost of the customization is only P595,000. This is broken down to P450,000 for the reconditioning of the body and other accessories; P45,000 for the engine; and P100,000 for the chassis.

“Iyong makina iyon pa rin pero inayos naming. Ini-overhaul lahat iyong injection pump, everything. Reconditioned siya,” explained Magno.

Usec Orbos, meanwhile, commended the group and said the agency considers their efforts to rehabilitate the old jeepney units and save money to help ordinary jeepney drivers. However, Orbos said the unit should still undergo the product standardization procedure of the DTI and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR.)

“Idaan po natin sa talagang proseso dalhin natin sa DENR tignan natin iyong smoke emission. Ako po, payo ko nga maganda itong programa na ito tuloy tuloy na bantayan ito. Sayang naman kung hindi pupwede iyan,” Orbos said.

Usec. Orbos and program host Kuya Daniel Razon was able to experience riding the customized jeep and to scrutinize further the changes in the unit. Orbos asked the group to create another prototype with a new engine and chassis for a better chance of passing the standards. The group said the challenge on their part now is more fund.

Orbos and Kuya Daniel vowed to help the group.

“Para hindi masayang…Sa appearance nakita naman natin pumapasa. Pwede po natin silang tulungan…iyon na lang naming chasis at (makina,)” Orbos assured the group.

“Ganito, Tata Jun, ito naman ang ipapangako ko sayo para makatulong din naman ako sa inyo, Magbuo tayo noong isang buo na mapapatipid ninyo. Ako gagastos, Gagawin kong UNTV jeep, Papabiyahihin ko libreng sakay,” Kuya Daniel said.

After the program, the group went to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to present the customized unit which LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada appreciated.

“Masaya ako kasi at least na sila mismo humahanap at gumagawa ng paraan. Hindi lang puro reklamo. At least, sabay-sabay na naghahanap ng solusyon,” Lizada said.

The Stop & Go Transport Coalition will also present the prototype unit next to DTI, DENR and the Land Transportation Office (LTO.) – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo




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DOTr grants LTFRB full power to set TNC fare structure

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Transport network companies (TNCs) will now have to relinquish its power to set its own fares following the release of a new order signed by Transportation Department Secretary Arthur Tugade.

The new memo nullifies DOTR orders 2015 and 2017 as it grants the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) full authority to set and regulate fares among transport network vehicle service providers.

“LTFRB will ensure consumer protection and fair competition with the authority given by the department order authorizing LTFRB to regulate and supervise TNCs and TNVS,” said LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada.

TNVS drivers are in favor of the order but asks LTFRB to be reasonable in setting the fares.

“Kapag sila na po itong magse-set ng fare sana ma-regulate nila ng maayos, matignan nila iyong pinaka nararapat na matanggap ng mga driver na pamasahe,” said TNVs driver Menandro Basilio.

(Hopefully [LTFRB] will be able to regulate fares properly and impose the appropriate amount that drivers should receive.)

Grab Philippines Head, Brian Cu, meanwhile assured that they will comply with the rules imposed by the LTFRB and DOTR though they have yet to receive a copy of the order.

The LTFRB plans to meet with various TNVS groups to discuss the new fare structure set up. — Joan Nano |UNTV News & Rescue

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