LTFRB suspends Dimple Star’s entire fleet following Mindoro crash

admin   •   March 23, 2018   •   4720

Some units of Dimple Star Bus company on terminal

MANILA, Philippines — Following a number of accidents involving the bus units of Dimple Star bus, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered a 30-day preventive suspension of the company’s entire fleet of 118 bus units.

The agency initially imposed a 30-day preventive suspension on the company’s 10 bus units following the fatal crash of one of its buses in Occidental Mindoro.

However, due to the company’s alleged involvement in other accidents, the LTFRB decided to ban all 118 units from operating.

According to LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada, since 2011, the buses of Dimple Star had been involved in eight accidents that had left a total of 26 people dead and more than 100 injured.

“The board decided to issue a preventive suspension order covering the fleet 118 units of Dimple Star with 10 CPCs para ma-check-up thoroughly ng LTO through MVIS yung kanilang nga sasakyan,” said Lizada.

(The board decided to issue a preventive suspension order covering the fleet 118 units of Dimple Star with 10 CPCs for the LTO to check their vehicles thoroughly through MVIS.)

The latest order is expected to affect routes going to Iloilo City, Caticlan, Romblon, Dumaguete, San Jose Occidental Mindoro and going back to Metro Manila.

Despite this, the LTFRB assured passengers that there are available buses that will operate on the affected routes.

“Rest assured dun sa riding public sa mananakay ng Dimple Star, mayroon po tayong ibang mga bus operators na nag apply na po ng special permits para doon sa mga routes na masususpinde ang Dimple Star” said Lizada.

(To the riding public of Dimple Star, rest assured there are other bus operators that applied for special permits for the said routes of the suspended Dimple Star.)

The bus firm refused to comment on the suspension order of the LTFRB. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue


Magnitude 5.5 earthquake rocks Occidental Mindoro

Robie de Guzman   •   May 4, 2019

Courtesy: Google Map

MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted parts of Occidental Mindoro on Saturday (May 4), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

In its earthquake bulletin, Phivolcs said the tremor struck at 9:05 a.m. 23 kilometers west of Rizal town.

The quake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of eight kilometers.

According to Phivolcs, varying intensities were felt in the following areas:

Intensity V – Rizal & San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
Intensity III – Lipa City, Batangas; Malay, Nabas & Ibajay, Aklan; Libertad, Antique; 
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Intensity II – San Nicolas, Batangas; City of Manila

Instrumental Intensities:
Intensity IV – San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
Intensity III – Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
Intensity II – Tagaytay City; Malinao, Aklan; Sebaste & Culasi,Antique; Calatagan, Batangas
Intensity I – Talisay, Batangas; Dolores & Mauban, Quezon; San Jose, Antique

Phivolcs said no damage and aftershocks are expected following the temblor.

Pets now allowed inside PUVs—LTFRB

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 27, 2019

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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed pets inside Public Utility Vehicle (PUV).

Based on their amendent of Memorandum Circular No. 2011-004 with MC 2019-019, the LTFRB now allows passengers to bring their pets inside PUVs under following conditions:

  • The animals are in carriers or cages and placed at the designated animal compartment of the PUV should there be other passengers inside the PUV.
  • If there are no other passengers, pets may be allowed to be carried by the owner as long as said animals are free from foul odor and that the owner maintains cleanliness and sanitation.
  • Owners should take responsibility for the damage that the pet may cause, including the cleaning and sanitation of the PUV, as may be necessary.

In LTFRB’s previous policy, they prohibited operators from loading animals inside their PUVs.—Aileen Cerrudo

QC Police conducts bomb explosion drill for long holiday preparations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 9, 2019

Members of the City Police District (QPD) during a bomb explosion drill

The Quezon City Police District (QPD) conducted a bomb explosion drill on Tuesday (April 9).

Authorities showed the necessary actions to be taken in case there is an explosion in the area.

The police immediately put a barricade tape around the area and removed the crowd while the rescue teams responded to the victims of the explosion.

A member of the bomb squad approached another suspicious item that might also contain another bomb.

According to QPD District Director P/Bgen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., they will also conduct inspections in terminals.

“I think bukas o makalawa magko-conduct naman kami ng aming inspections sa mga terminal. Ito rin iyong may pinakamalaking terminal. Mayroon na rin kaming security plan para sa ano and I think we’ll have a press briefing on Monday, ‘yung preparation naman namin sa semana santa, (I think tomorrow, we will conduct inspections at some of the largest terminals. We already have a security plan for the long holiday)” he said.

Authorities remind passengers not to bring any firearms or deadly weapons especially when the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has imposed a gun ban due to the midterm elections.

For any complaints or emergencies, concerned individuals can contact the PNP or other government agencies.


  • Philippine National Police: 117
  • National Capital Region Police Office: 0915-888-8181 or 0999-901-8181
  • Department of Transportation: 7890
  • Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board: 1342

Meanwhile, based on the data of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) around 200 bus companies were given special permits for the long holiday. This is equal to almost 500 provincial buses.

The special permits will be available from April 14 to 22.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)


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