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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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LTFRB cancels franchise of entire Dimple Star fleet

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

 

A Dimple Star bus unit

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) canceled on Wednesday (December 5) the franchise of the entire Dimple Star fleet.

This is in relation to the March 20 incident which resulted in death of 19 individuals and injury of 21 others when a Dimple Star bus fell off a cliff in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Based on the data of the LTFRB, Dimple Star has been involved in 8 accidents wherein 25 individuals died and 134 others got injured.

LTFRB chair Martin Delgra said that they have decided to cancel the franchise of Dimple Star bus company due to the repeated negligence of the company and to prevent the recurrence of accidents. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Appeal vs jeepney, bus fare hike may delay implementation – LTFRB

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Before they can implement the back to back fare hikes in jeepneys and buses, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) must resolve first the petition filed by a commuters’ group against the fare increases.

Last week, the LTFRB announced the approval of a P10 minimum jeepney fare in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon as well as the P1.00 increase in bus fare which was seen to take effect on November 3.

LFTRB chair Martin Delgra said that the Board will try to decide on the petition immediately.

When asked if implementation of the fare hike may possibly be delayed, Delgra said, “There is a possibility, but as I’ve said we will agenda the motion, for reconsideration this week. We’re going to have a board meeting tomorrow so we would be certainly able to discuss and hopefully resolve it within the period.”

Meanwhile, Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap) head, Zeny Maranan questioned the statement of the LTFRB by noting that the price of petroleum per liter has not gone lower than P25 so as to warrant a delay in the implementation of the new fare scheme,

Delgra said that the approved fare rates for buses and jeepneys may still change depending on the movement of the oil prices in world market.

“Historically, the minimum fare has moved up and down, with respect to external factors which includes of course the movement of prices in the fuel,” said the LTFRB chair. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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6 members of NPA-allied groups surrender in Occidental Mindoro

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018

 

Former members of  NPA-allied groups return to the government’s fold | Courtesy of 2ID, PA, AFP

RIZAL, Philippines – Six members of the New People’s Army (NPA)-allied groups voluntarily surrendered to the military in Occidental Mindoro on Tuesday (October 16).

In a press release issued by the 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army dated October 17, Lt. Col. Dennis Gutierrez said his men from the 4th IB along with the local police in Occidental Mindoro facilitated their surrender.

The returnees include four members of the Milisyang Bayan (MB) and two members of the Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SKL).

“The MB is the armed component of the NPA tasked to conduct annihilatory activities against the government forces while the Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) is the political organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in the barangay that provides mandates on the Arouse Organize Mobilize (AOM) tactics of the NPA,” the report said.

Gutierrez said the identities of the returnees were not disclosed as they are considered classified information.

The returnees admitted they have grown frustrated with NPA’s propaganda and false ideals so they decided to surrender and live peacefully with their families under the government’s care.

Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr, the Commander of the 203rd Infantry Brigade who has operational jurisdiction over Mindoro Island, meanwhile, credited the mass surrender to the members of the community in the area who have been cooperative of their efforts of community-based negotiations.

Major General Rhoderick Parayno, the Commander of the 2ID, PA also commended the efforts of the 4IB troops against the NPA terrorists in the area.

Gutierrez is set to formally present the returnees to the LGUs and other government agencies in Mindoro.

Returnees are entitled to a number of benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) including immediate cash assistance.

Other benefits include government loan which provides educational benefits that can be extended to the returnees’ immediate family members. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

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