LTFRB suspends Leomarick Trans after Nueva Ecija bus crash

admin   •   April 19, 2017   •   5843

Nueva Ecija bus crash site

Nueva Ecija bus crash site

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a preventive suspension order against the operator of the Leomarick bus.

This is after a tragic accident involving a Leomarick bus occurred yesterday in Carangglan, Nueva Ecija.

Leomarick buses are not allowed to travel for 30 days while authorities are investigating the incident.

The LTFRB will summon the owner of the bus line, Leonardo Patulot, for an explanation as to why the bus line franchise must not be suspended or cancelled.

An LTFRB record showed Leomarick has two bus units and legitimately registered with the LTFRB.

The LTFRB set the first hearing of the case on May 2, Tuesday, at the Central Office in East Avenue, Quezon City, at 9:00 am.

“We want to determine kung totoong overloading, kasi may mga lumalabas na balita, so want to check aside from overloading, were doing also a checking on the tracking number like what we did sa Panda to determine how really old na itong bus na ito kasi franchise verification nila nakalagay 2006 model but just want due diligence, kasi kahit gaano kagaling ang driver natin wala silang say kung talagang faulty na yung kanilang sinasakyan,” LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada.

(We want to determine if indeed there was overloading since there are reports of such. So we want to check aside from overloading, we’re doing also a checking on the tracking number like what we did with panda bus to determine how really old the bus unit is. The franchise verification shows it is a 2006 model. But we just want due diligence. Because no matter the skills of the driver, he cannot do anything if the vehicle is indeed faulty.) — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

DOH assures cooperation amid preventive suspension of 5 officials

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 28, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) is prepared to cooperate with the Office of the Ombudsman amid the preventive suspension filed against five of its officials.

DOH Spokespersion Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said the department has already received the preventive suspension order from the Ombudsman.

She added that the department is saddened by the decision but is prepared to follow government process.

“Ang Kagawaran ng Kalusugan, lagi po kaming bukas sa anomang mga imbestigasyon na gagawin at kung ano po ang kailangan, tayo ay maga-abide sa proseso ng gobyerno (The Department of Health is always open to any investigation and whatever is needed, we are prepared to abide by the government process),” she said.

The five officials identified as Dr. Roger Tong-an; Kenneth Ronquillo, Asec. Maylene Beltran, Dr. Laureano Cruz and Esperanza Carating, were tagged for the alleged delays in the release of frontliner benefits.

Vergeire also clarified that the suspension does not mean the officials are already guilty of the allegations against them. Nevertheless, she expressed hope for a speedy investigation process.

“These five people are playing critical roles in our pandemic response. Hopefully matapos na at magkaroon na ng normal situation para sa aming limang officials, (hopefully the investigation will be over and the five officials can go back to their normal situation),” she said.

She also mentioned that department welcomes the investigation of Congress against DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III.

“Naga-abide tayo kung anuman kailangan nilang kooperasyon galing sa DOH, kay Sec. Duque ay gagawin po natin para lumabas ang katotohanan. We will be cooperating at bukas tayo sa ganitong investigation, (If they need any cooperation from the DOH and Sec. Duque, we will abide. We will do everything in pursuit of the truth. We will be cooperating and we are open to investigation), Vergeire said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Lizada says CSC chair issued guidance to withhold info on PhilHealth officials’ cases

Marje Pelayo   •   August 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Some information on cases involving officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) are allegedly being withheld.

This was revealed during the hearing on Tuesday (August 25) by the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability and the House Committee on Public Accounts on the alleged corruption within the agency.

The lawmakers initially asked officials of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) who were present at the hearing regarding cases that have been filed with the agency against PhilHealth executives .

CSC Assistant Commissioner Ariel Ronquillo was not able to provide a specific number of cases so the lawmakers asked Commissioner Aileen Lizada.

The official said there have been 74 cases filed in the CSC Central Office since 2010.

Of the said number, 19 are pending including the ones involving high ranking PhilHealth officials.

The panel questioned Ronquillo why he was not able to give the information when he was supposed to be the representative of CSC Chairperson Alicia del Rosa-Bala in the hearing.

Lizada then revealed that there was an instruction from the CSC Chairperson not to give out any information about the PhilHealth officials’ cases.

“If my recollection serves me right: ‘This information should not be made public nor be given out to anyone who would be asking either in aid of legislation or investigation,’ parang ganun. Iyon ang natatandaan ko, (Something like that. That’s what I remember),” said Lizada.

But according to Ronquillo, the instructions were to keep the information confidential.

“[The] instruction of the chair was to ensure that this matter will be kept confidential and not to be shared to the public, but will be shared if needed in any of the investigations being conducted concerning PhilHealth. So there is no guidance to suppress evidence,” he said.

Lizada said her office is conducting an inventory of all cases after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a task force to investigate the alleged anomalies in the state insurer.

The House panel will resume its inquiries for the CSC in the next hearing on Thursday where CSC Chairperson Bala has been invited for a chance to respond to the queries.

Meanwhile, the audio recording of the meeting where the said guidance was mentioned has been subpoenaed to shed light on Commissioner Lizada’s claim that there had been an order not to disclose information about PhilHealth officials’ cases with the CSC. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Nueva Ecija appeals to OWWA for better system on returning OFWs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2020

The Nueva Ecija Provincial Government has appealed to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to have a better system on returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Atty. OJ Cornejo, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Assessor’s Office, said it has become a challenge for the provincial government to verify if the returning OFWs are negative of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He said the OFWs do not have sufficient documents to prove that they have tested negative for COVID-19.

“Nag-message po ulit sila Sunday night na may uuwing dalawa pero wala pa iyong documents. Hindi pa nila pinapadala so hindi po ma-approve. We need to see po muna iyong negative result ng test and iyong quarantine certificate na nag-undergo na talaga quarantine iyong OFW (They sent a message Sunday night that two OFWs are returning but they have no documents yet. They haven’t sent it yet so it wasn’t approved. We first need to see the negative result of the test and the certificate that they underwent quarantine),” he said.

Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali said they need a more accurate list from OWWA so that they will be able to implement the proper safety protocols for returning OFWs.

“For instance pupunta pala ng Aurora pero Nueva Ecija ang nakalagay, so importante na makuha natin ang tamang listahan so that ang ating mga mayors, LGUs, will be able to prepare sa ating returning OFWs (For instance, they are going to Aurora but the document says Nueva Ecija. So it’s important for us to get the right list so that our mayors, LGU, will be able to prepare for our returning OFWs),” he said.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) previously reported that 24,000 OFWs will be returning to the country in the coming days and around 40,000 by next month. AAC (with reports from Danny Munar)

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