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LTFRB orders preventive suspension against 10 Dimple Star buses

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada checks the tires of a Dimple Star Bus (Joan Nano / UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Following an inspection on Wednesday by personnel of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) at the terminal of Dimple Star bus firm, the agency prohibited two bus units of the company.

The two bus units were supposed to travel to Iloilo but were found to have bald tires with holes.

The thread near the bus tires was already loose, while one of the units had no document.

Because of this, LTFRB banned the two buses from operating, while its passengers were transferred to other bus firms.

“Bakit nadidispatch ang ganitong klase ng bus? (Why are they allowing buses like these to be dispatched?) Where is the safety protocol or measure ng Dimple Star?” LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada said.

Although the inspection caused inconvenience, passengers were glad that the LTFRB discovered the defects.

“Malaking abala to pero buhay to. Dapat talaga bago sila umaalis, talagang sinisiguro nila na safe ang mga pasahero,” said bus passenger, Salnie Francisco.

(It is a huge inconvenience but live are at stake. Before buses leave, they should ensure the safety of passengers.)

Meanwhile, the LTFRB imposed a 30-day preventive suspension on the firm’s 10 bus units with routes from Manila to San Jose Occidental Mindoro following the fatal accident on Tuesday that left 19 people dead and more than 20 others injured.

Aside from this, the LTFRB will also summon the bus operator, Hilbert Napat, and will be ordered to explain why their franchise should not be revoked or cancelled, and to identify the negligence of the company in the said accident.

The LTFRB set the hearing in connection with the case on April 18.

Meanwhile, the officials of the Passenger Accident Management and Insurance Agency (PAMI) will travel to Occidental Mindoro to process the financial assistance the relatives of the victims will receive.

Aside from this, the operator of Dimple Star bus also provided financial aid to the victims. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

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Commuters’ group to support P1.00 jeepney fare hike

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday reset its hearing on the petition of some jeepney groups seeking to increase fare by two pesos.

The Pasang Masda group said confusion ensued when other groups requested to increase fare by four pesos, bringing the minimum fare to 12 pesos.

“Itong mga delay na ito, it’s not on our own. On the record, sila palagi ang nagre-request. Nasa case folder po. It’s either kulang ebidensya nila, hindi handa ang lawyer nila, magme-meeting pa sila or they are working on their papers,” said LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada.

(These delays, it’s not on our own. On the record, they are the ones who would often request for it; it’s in the case folder. It’s either because of incomplete evidence or their lawyer is not yet ready; or they still need to talk about it; or they are still consolidating documents.)

But according to Maricor Akol of the National Center for Commuters Safety and Protection (NCCP), they are willing to support the fare hike petition to help out drivers amid surging fuel prices, however, it should not reach P2.

“Naiintindihan namin ang plight ng mga driver at ng mga operators, so the commuters are willing to go on a price increase in the base price of one peso,” said NCCP Maricor Akol.

(We understand the plight of the drivers and operators, so the commuters are willing to go on a price increase in the base price of one peso.)

Akol also urged the government to grant subsidy to jeepney drivers.

“Kasi meron naman tayong mga energy tax, road users tax, saan napupunta iyon? Nakikita natin minsan ang mga kalye hindi naman sira, sinisira nila. Bakit hindi na lang ibigay ang subsidy doon sa mga public transport,” said the NCCP president.

(Because we have energy tax, road users tax, where do these taxes go? We see some roads being repaired even though they are not damaged — why? Why don’t they use the money to subsidize public transport?)

But Obet Martin of Pasang Masda argued that the one-peso increase is not enough to help them cope with the impact of rising fuel prices.

“Gawin nating 2 pesos para naman kung bumaba naman ang presyo, kami naman ay magbo-voluntary reduction ng fare. Give and take situation lang,” said Pasang Masda President Obet Martin.

(We should just hike it to P2.00 because once the price normalizes, we will voluntarily reduce the fare. It’s a give and take situation.)

The LTFRB, meanwhile, assured to look into the basis of the petition as it will affect roughly three million commuters population once it has been approved.

The hearing has been rescheduled to June 13. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Commuters group to oppose surge pricing on public utility jeepneys

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

 

 

Public Utility Jeepney. FILE PHOTO: Rolito Ponte / Photoville International

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The National Council for Commuters Safety and Protection (NCCSP) plans to file a petition seeking to oppose jeepney operators’ proposal for surge pricing.

The group argued that such request is unfair and inappropriate at this time when they are petitioning for a P2.00 fare hike. They also claimed that such petition will only add weight to the burden of commuters.

“Malaki pa rin iyong piso tapos meron ka pang price hike na two pesos so magiging 11 pesos pagsakay mo ng jeepney,” said Maricor Akol, the commuter group’s president.

Some commuters expressed dismay over the proposal saying they are still coping with the effects of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Law (TRAIN.)

“Iniisip ko masakit sa bulsa,” said commuter Rommel Godines.

“Hindi po makatarungan…Hindi naman namin kasalanan iyon,” another commuter Glenn Buenaflor said.

Jeepney operators submitted to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) a petition to impose surge pricing similar to transport network vehicle services (TNVs.) This would mean an additional one peso for each succeeding kilometer during peak hours from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Such petition, according to jeepney operators, is due to big time price hikes on oil products in the country. Just this week, prices of petroleum products spiked to more than one peso per liter.

On the other hand, the Department of Energy (DOE) believes oil prices will become stable in the coming days and months as a number of world events are now affecting the oil prices in the global market.

“On a very short term may effect talaga so ang perspective na sinasabi namin re-recover yan so the price will balance again, pwedeng in the near future din pwedeng may mangyaring supply na kapalit at maibaba rin naman ang price,” sai Atty.Rino Abad, DOE’s Director of Oil Management Bureau.

Meanwhile, a consumers’ group argued that it is only the suspension of the TRAIN law that the public would be eased of additional burden.

According to Laban Konsyumer President Vic Dimagiba, there is a surge in prices of basic commodities because of added excise tax.

“Lalo mong pinabigat ang pasanin ng mga consumer dahil nagpataw ang TRAIN ng mataas na excise taxes. Kung wala iyang excise tax, hindi ganoon kalaki ang impact sa mga presyo ng mga bilihin,” Dimagiba said.

LTFRB is yet to set a schedule to deliberate on the petition for surge pricing by jeepney operators. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo

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Modern jeepneys to ply in Metro Manila routes starting June

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018

Modernized jeepney

 

MANILA, Philippines — After the launch of modern jeepneys in some provinces, 20 modern jeepney units are set to ply various routes around Metro Manila in June as part of the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program being pushed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“Gusto kong mangyari, makita na hindi lang yung bagong sasakyan, modernong sasakyan, kundi tatakbo yung buong sistema under the modernization program,” said Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Atty. Martin Delgra.

(Other than the modernized units, we want to show how the system will run under the modernization program.)

The transportation department also plans to launch the following routes for the new jeepneys: CCP to Mall of Asia;  Fort Bonifacio Taguig to Guadalupe, Makati; Pasayto Pateros, and Cogeo to Cubao, Quezon City.

Delgra added that the Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines are currently processing the financing program that is being offered to those operators who want to avail the modern jeepney units.

Delgra also said the local government units are now focusing on the creation of their route rationalization plan, which will become the basis of the numbers and areas where they will provide modern PUJs.

Despite various consultations, Delgra admitted that some transport operators are still worried about the implications of modernization on their livelihood.

Delgra also said that some transport leaders continue to insist that they be allowed to rehabilitate their jeepneys instead of buying new units.

But he argued that the rehabilitation of their units will only be allowed within the three-year transition period.

After that, jeepney operators will still be required to comply with the specifications required under the PUV modernization program.

The DOTr targets to finish the whole PUV modernization program on jeepneys by the year 2020. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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