LTFRB to tighten implementation of 15 year-old buses phaseout

admin   •   April 25, 2017   •   4488

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-TWG to meet with stakeholders this week to discuss motorcycle taxi issues

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) inter-agency technical working group (TWG) is set to meet this week with stakeholders to discuss concerns involving motorcycle taxis.

In a statement, the TWG said it will consider sentiments raised by the members of the Senate committee on public services and motorcycle taxi operators following its announcement of the termination of the pilot run.

“The Inter-Agency TWG on Motorcycle Taxis is considering the sentiments raised by the members of the Senate Committee on Public Services, as well as by other stakeholders,” it said in a statement posted on Facebook.

“In fact, right after the Senate hearing, the TWG immediately convened to initially discuss such sentiments,” it added.

The statement was issued after TWG chairperson and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) member Antonio Gardiola said they have submitted a recommendation to terminate the pilot run on motorcycle-ride hailing services in the country.

Gardiola also said earlier motorcycle taxis will be considered illegal and will not be allowed to operate when they start the enforcement next week.

However, some senators urged the TWG to continue the pilot test until Congress amends the Republic Act 4136, which states that motorcycles are still considered as a private mode of transportation.

The TWG said these concerns will be discussed during their meeting on Wednesday and Friday this week.

“Afterwhich, a report shall be submitted to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade,” it said.

“Another meeting shall likewise be conducted on Friday with stakeholders, resource persons, and the three motorcycle providers participating in the study, to iron out the specifics,” it added.

DOTr-TWG to terminate pilot run for motorcycle taxis

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Motorcycle taxis will be considered illegal and will not be allowed to operate starting next week, a transport official said Monday.

Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG) chairperson and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) member Antonio Gardiola said this is after submitting their recommendation to terminate the pilot run for motorcycle ride-hailing operations in the country.

“We submitted our recommendation to Congress this morning. This was favorably endorsed by our secretary, Secretary Arthur Tugade,” Gardiola said in an interview with reporters before a Senate hearing on bills seeking to regulate motorcycle taxis.

Gardiola explained they recommended the immediate termination of the implementation of the pilot study as they will not be able to gather data for analysis due to a legal case filed by one of the players.

“It’s really very significant but then it’s also half of the three months yung study natin. We cannot gather data because of the legal impediments,” he said.

“We are resorting to legal rigmarole sa nangyayaring ito. Bale nag-file sila ng kaso so nai-impede ang study… We cannot gather data because of actions being undertaken by one of the players so it is better to terminate it,” he added.

The implementation of the pilot run was approved in aid of legislation for both the House of Representatives and the Senate to evaluate pending bills pushing for the legalization of motorcycles as public utility vehicles, as well as amendment of existing laws such as Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

The pilot test, which started in May 2019, was initially set to end on December 26 but was extended with two new players – JoyRide and MoveIt.

The extension was supposed to end on March 23, 2020

A cap of 39,000 registered bikers – 10,000 bikers per Transport Network Company (TNC) for Metro Manila and 3,000 bikers each TNC for Metro Cebu operations – was also set.

Angkas questioned the set limit, and claimed there was politics involved in the inclusion of JoyRide in the pilot run.

The firm last week secured temporary restraining orders against the cap on riders.

Gardiola said with the recommendation termination of the pilot run, motorcycle taxis will no longer be allowed to operate.

“Iligal silang lahat kasi they are drawing their authority to run motorcycle because of the study. We know there is a law covering this, Republic Act 4136, it says that motorcycles are still considered as a private mode of transportation,” he said.

The LTFRB official said they will start the enforcement next week.

Duterte to appoint PNP OIC Gamboa as next chief

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2020

PNP Officer-In-Charge, Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa arrives at Police Regional Office 4A and gives reminders and guidance to deployable PNP personnel involved in the evacuation, relief, and rescue operations in Taal eruption-hit areas.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he will appoint Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa as the next police chief.

Duterte made the announcement during a speech in Davao City.

The president said he would formally designate Gamboa as the next PNP chief after they meet with Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año.  

Duterte earlier asked Año to supervise the police force until he has chosen its next chief.

“We have the PNP chief. I’m going to appoint you as the regular PNP [chief]. But […] you and Secretary Año and I will have a long, long talk first,” he said addressing Gamboa in his speech.

“Pinakita mo sa akin ‘yung sincerity mo and I’d like you to leave something that you will be remembered by the country,” he added

Gamboa, who was in the event, acknowledged Duterte’s remarks by standing up and giving a salute.

Gamboa was designated as PNP OIC after former chief Oscar Albayalde stepped down in October over allegations that he protected some police officers tagged as ‘ninja cops’ for their involvement in the selling or recycling of illegal drugs seized from an operation in Pampanga in 2013.

Albayalde was the chief of Pampanga police when the operation was conducted.

In a statement, the PNP welcomed Duterte’s pronouncement of Gamboa’s appointment.

“The PNP welcomes the pronouncement of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte to appoint PNP OIC PLTGEN. Archie Francisco Gamboa as the regular PNP Chief,” the statement read.

“Under the able leadership of PLtGen Gamboa, we assure the public that the PNP remains committed to intensify the campaign against criminality, illegal drugs and corruption, following the rule of law and with utmost respect for human rights, and vigorously pursue internal cleansing to weed the ranks of rogue cops, all towards winning back the trust and confidence of the people,” it added.

In a separate statement, Año also welcomed Gamboa’s designation as the next PNP chief.

“He is very qualified for the job. I expect that he will work harder now that he is the permanent Chief PNP and lead the organization in its intensified fight against illegal drugs, criminalities, communist terrorist groups and extremists,” Año said.

“I also expect that he would continue to cleanse the PNP ranks of scalawags,” he added.

He also called on the entire police force to support Gamboa, enforce the law and fulfill their mandate “to serve and protect the people.”

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