LTFRB to tighten implementation of 15 year-old buses phaseout

admin   •   April 25, 2017   •   4887

MANILA — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) plans to meet with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to revise an order issued in 2013 that prohibits the travel of passenger buses that are 15 years old and above.

The LTFRB is seeking to tighten even more the implementation of the said department order.

“Paiigtingin namin yung existing department order na nagtatalaga na yung 15 year old age of the bus will not be reckoned from the date of importation but rather from the date of manufacture.  And now ka-klaruhinnamin dun to show proof of such date of manufacture,” said LTFRB chairman Atty. Martin Delgra.

(We are strengthening the existing department order that orders the phase out of 15 year old age of the bus will not be reckoned from the date of importation but rather from the date of manufacture. And now we will clarify in the order to show proof of such date of manufacture.)

The LTFRB calls on bus operators to always consider the safety of passengers first before their own profits.

“Before nila i-deploy yung buses nila, make their buses road worthy always, there should be no compromise to these procedures. Ibig sabihin, hindi lang nila titignan profit margin nila. Baka nagtitipid na kapag walang safety officer.  Sige pagdating ng driver palabasin na ang bus pwede na bumiyahe. Please do not do that,” Atty. Delgra added.

(Before deploying their buses, they should make sure their buses are road worthy always. There should be no compromise to these procedures. This means, they should not just look at their profit margin. Some might be thinking of spending less without a safety officer. Or, when the driver arrives they will claim that the bus is fit for travel. Please do not do that.)

Some operators are in favor of the proposal particularly those acquiring new bus units.

“Meron nagmamanipulate ng year model… unfair iyon to those operators na bumibili ng bagong unit ng buses costing them ng 6M per unit,” Samahang Transport Operators ng Pilipinas Corporate Director Juliet de Jesus said. (There are some trying to manipulate the year model… that is unfair to those operators who are acquiring new bus units costing them P6 million per unit.)

Meanwhile, Passenger Accident Management and Insurance agency (PAMI) has distributed insurance claims worth  P200, 000 each to families of the 24 victims who died in the recent bus accident in Carranglan, Nueva Ejica.

LTFRB’s data show relatives of the six fatalities have yet to receive their financial claims, while four casualties have not been identified yet.

Out of more than 40 injured, only nine have received P20, 000 each.

The amount excludes the financial aid that must be received by the victims who are to undergo an operation.

President Rodrigo Duterte also gave P20, 000 to the relatives of each of the fatalities.

The President gave P10, 000 to each of the injured.

The LTFRB plans to seek assistance from the Office of the President for the other medical assistance needed by the recovering victims. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

DOTr, seafarer groups to provide seamen with affordable transient home in NCR

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and several seafarer groups on Thursday (June 17) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide affordable temporary living quarters for seafarers.

The DOTr, the Marino Partylist, and the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) forged an alliance by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on CONDOTEL for Seafarers during the celebration of the Maritime Industry Authority’s (MARINA) 47th Anniversary.

The initiative will give seafarers decent temporary living quarters in the NCR while waiting to be deployed onboard ships, returning from deployment, and those employed in inter-island shipping.

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, Marino Partylist’s Hon. Sandro Gonzalez, and AMOSUP’s Dr. Conrado F. Oca signed the MOU, solidifying their partnership in providing Filipino seafarers affordable temporary living facilities in close proximity to the MARINA and other maritime enterprises.

“Napakagandang pangitain na kung nagse-celebrate tayo ng Anibersaryo, binibigyang importansya ang mga marino. In fact, the highlight of today’s gathering can be summed up into two. Una ay ang pagpirma ng Memorandum of Understanding regarding CONDOTEL na pinapakita natin sa mga marino – na para bang sinasabi ng MARINA – nandirito at gagawa kami ng gusali na kung saan doon kayo mananatili, doon kayo maninirahan at doon kayo gagabayan. Napakagandang pangitain,” Secretary Tugade emphasized in his inspirational message.

DOTr Secretary Arthur  Tugade recognized the efforts of Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago for providing the land for the CONDOTEL, as well as the commitment of the Marino Partylist and AMOSUP for the adequate budget to be made available for the construction of the said building.

Marino Partylist Rep. Gonzalez said the project aims to provide seafarers affordable living quarters after several of them experienced eviction from their dorms in Metro Manila due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) scare.

“During the early months of this pandemic, seafarers staying in Metro Manila were evicted from their dorms and hostiles for failure to pay for their lodging because of the misconception that they came from abroad, they were carriers of COVID-19. That is our motivation for this project – the Seafarer’s CONDOTEL. With this MOU, it gives me comfort that this will never happen again,” he said.

The MOU signing was witnessed by MARINA Administrator Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad (AFP, Ret) and PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago. AAC

LTFRB adds 20 more buses to EDSA Busway Carousel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has added 20 more buses to EDSA Busway Carousel.

LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III said this is in response to the long queues brought by the number of passengers wanting to avail of the free ride program launched by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“Dumadami talaga ang pasahero, we have to admit that dahil na rin sa libreng sakay. Kung pagpipiliin po ng pasahero kung saan siya sasakay, sa tren ba na may bayad o sa bus na walang bayad especially along EDSA nakakasiguro ako na pipili tayo doon sa walang bayad,” he said.

(The number of passengers is increasing. We have to admit that this is due to the free rides. If passengers will choose between using the train or the free bus, especially along EDSA, I can assure you they will choose the free ride.)

From the previous 41,000 passengers riding the EDSA Busway Carousel daily, the LTFRB reported that it has increased to 182,000 passengers per day.

The agency is also looking into increasing the capacity per bus to accommodate more passengers and help lessen long queues.

Meanwhile, the DOTr is reviewing the possibility of removing the requirement of wearing face shields in buses as long as the other health and safety protocols will still be followed. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)

Duterte calls on Congress to pass remaining priority economic, public service bills

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has urged lawmakers to prioritize the passage of the remaining economic and public service measures that are included in his administration’s legislative agenda.

Duterte made the call during the re-enactment of the signing of several laws that were already enacted in May.

“I hope that when both houses of Congress resume sessions this year, priority will be given to the remaining flagship programs of my administration,” he said in a speech at the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday.

These bills include the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program and the Retail Trade Liberalization Act, the Foreign Investments Act, and the Public Service Act.

Duterte said he wants to sign these measures “at the earliest possible time.”

During the ceremony, the president also thanked members of Congress for their efforts in ensuring that his administration’s legislative agenda will be translated into relevant policies and programs that will improve the lives of Filipinos and revive the country’s economy from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Duterte described Wednesday’s event as a testament to the “fruitful collaboration between the legislative and executive branches of government.”

“These laws – which open more opportunities for our people to serve in government and enable some of our LGUs to render more efficient and inclusive service – are part of our vision of bringing government closer to the people,” he said.

The president expressed optimism that more government agencies cooperate as the country takes more concrete steps to revive the economy and help the people recover from the effects of the pandemic.

“Now, more than ever, we need to follow the whole-of-nation approach in ensuring an inclusive and seamless response to the current challenges facing the nation,” he said.

“To the Filipino people, let me assure you that your government will continue to pursue measures that will improve and enhance your way of life,” he added.

Duterte also expressed confidence that with the help of Congress, his administration can pursue its legislative agenda that will improve and enhance the lives of Filipinos and promote the nation’s progress.

Among the recently signed laws that the President ceremonially signed were Republic Act (RA) 11549 or An Act Lowering the Minimum Height Requirement for Applicants of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor); RA 11544 or An Act Converting the Municipality of Calaca in the Province of Batangas Into a Component City To Be Known as the City of Calaca; RA 11545 or An Act Reapportioning the First Legislative District of the City of Caloocan Into Two Legislative Districts; and RA 11546 or An Act Reapportioning the Province of Bulacan Into Six Legislative Districts.

Congress will resume session on July 26 when the president delivers his final State of the Nation Address.

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