MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is planning to open additional routes for public transportation as more industries open and employees gradually returning to work.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran said there are no details yet on the list routes or when it will be finalized.
“Pinag-iisipan at pinagpaplanuhan na ng LTFRB ang pagdadagdag ng up to 10 percent sa bilang ng mga ruta ng mga pampublikong sasakyan sa buong bansa,” the official said.
“Kasalukuyang hinihimay-himay ng LTFRB kung ilan na ang mga ruta at sasakyang bumibiyahe sa iba’t-ibang regions para mapagdesisyunan kung ilan at saan pang ruta ang kinakailangang buksan,” she added.
Currently, there are a total of 6,002 units of traditional jeepneys; 900 units of UV Express vehicles; 22,230 units of transport network vehicle service (TNVS); 19,409 units of taxis; and 271 point-to-point buses have been allowed to resume operations.
Also, over 20 routes have been opened for traditional jeepneys.
On Monday (July 20), the agency resumed operations in its central office along East Avenue, Quezon after days of temporary closure to give way to disinfection and decontamination efforts against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Transactions remain limited and stakeholders are advised to access the agency’s website to process applications online and to minimize physical contact.
Procedures which can be made online include:
Request for Special Permit
Correction of Typographical Errors
Request for Confirmation of Units
Request for Franchise Verification
Request for Issuance or Extension of Provisional Authority
For inquiries, stakeholders may visit the LTFRB’s official Facebook page. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
“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).
The MRT-3 management has set an earlier schedule for their bus augmentation after commuters experienced longer queues due to MRT-3’s suspended operations.
Roma Salazar, one of the commuters, said she had to adjust her travel time by two hours earlier after the MRT-3 halted its operations due to the spike in COVID-19 cases among its employees.
“Dapat kasi ang alis ko ng bahay 6:00 a.m. Since nawalan ng byahe ang MRT, inagahan ko nang alis nang 4:00 a.m. kasi expected ko na mahaba ang pila, (I usually leave at 6:00 a.m., but since MRT is closed I left the house at 4:00 a.m. I expected the lines would be long),” she said.
From the previous 5:30 a.m. schedule for the bus trips, the MRT-3 management set it at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday (July 8). Several modified bus stops were also opened along the center island on EDSA.
The stations include: North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Main Avenue, Santolan, Ortigas, Guadalupe, Ayala, and Taft Avenue.
However, this caused confusion among several commuters. Some of them had to walk to reach the modified bus stops.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Spokesperson Asec. Goddes Hope Libiran is appealing for public commuters’ understanding, saying the new protocols cater to their safety.
“Ito naman po ay hindi naman permanente. Interim lang po ito habang nagkakaroon ng problema sa ating MRT-3. Sa lalong madaling panahon, inaayos naman natin iyan para makababa at makasakay ulit sila doon sa mga istasyon na binababaan nila dati, (This is only temporary. This is only an interim while there are issues with MRT-3. We are fixing the matter as soon as possible so commuters can board and alight at the original stations)” she said. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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