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LTFRB to conduct safety checks at bus terminals for upcoming Undas

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017

FILE PHOTO: Personnels from LTFRB conducting bus inspections

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has released guidelines for all public utility vehicles that will operate during Undas.

On Monday, the LTFRB will make rounds at various bus terminals to determine their level of preparedness for the expected surge in the number of passengers.

The agency reminds bus companies to ensure that their units are in good condition like its brakes, wheels, lights and other parts.

LTFRB also reminds them to provide alternate driver per bus unit especially if the travel time will take more than six hours.

The agency also prohibits the sitting of passengers on the center isle of the bus so passengers could easily pass through.

It also reminds drivers to follow traffic rules to avoid accidents.

LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada have cautioned passengers against the modus operandi of some colorum vehicles that take advantage of the influx of passengers this long holiday.

“Some barkers will approach you and offer you with cheaper fares, and immediate travel of buses. You will no longer have to wait, you will be sent by a private vehicle that will wait for it to be filled with four more passengers. You will be brought to a certain street where the colorum bus waits,” Lizada said.

The LTFRB reminds the public to avoid riding in colorum vehicles because in the event that the colorum vehicle were to meet an accident, victims will receive no insurance or financial assistance they can use for treatment.

Authorities have assured that bus terminals in Quezon City are ready for the surge of passengers bound for the provinces.

“In terms of safety of our buses, these are ready for inspection of the LTFRB. Our wheels, windshield, drivers, drug testing, all of these are already conditioned,” Five Star Bus Liason Office Virgilio Nemis said.

“Lalung-lalo napo yung aming mga gulong,battery yung mga ilaw, talaga po yan eh tinututukan at binibigyan ng pansin ng aming maintenance (Our maintenance [personnel] is closely monitoring in particular the condition of our fleet’s wheels, battery and lights),” Jam Liner Terminal OIC Feliciano Perez said.

“Fully-oriented samin yan lalo na kapag ganitong tag-ulan. Binibigyan namin reminders, drive safely lalo kung madudulas ang daan ([Our drivers] are fully-oriented especially during rainy season. We give reminders to drive safely particularly when roads are slippery),” ES Transport Dispatcher Gener Diana said.

Aside from the safe travel, some of the matters being considered by passengers are the facilities of the bus terminals.

“It’s clean here. But in other buses it’s dirty. The CR (comfort room/toilet) is okay. But you still have to pay five pesos every time you want to pee,” passenger Maria Mora said.

“We feel comfortable. The terminal is clean,” passenger Zenia Pascual said.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB has already approved the application of more than 500 buses with provincial routes to operate during the Undas. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Pets now allowed inside PUVs—LTFRB

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, April 27th, 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.
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In LTFRB’s previous policy, they prohibited operators from loading animals inside their PUVs.—Aileen Cerrudo

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QC Police conducts bomb explosion drill for long holiday preparations

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 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.

EMERGENCY HOTLINES:

  • 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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MMDA to implement No Window Hours in Metro; to remove provincial bus terminals in EDSA

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to unify the No Window Hours policies of the different cities in Metro Manila.

This, after Metro Manila mayors agreed on its uniform implementation to prevent confusion among motorists.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arthuro Garcia said, “Kasi diba may lumabas na per city may window. Pagtawid mo may window na naman, nagkakagulo, nagagalit ang tao nalilito. That’s why we requested na baka puwede standard na tayo wala nang may window (Each city has its own window [hours]. It confuses people. That’s why we requested to make it standard, no more window [hours]).”

This means that vehicles covered by a day’s number coding will no longer be allowed on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in the metro, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The MMDA is quick to add, however, that this does not cover the cities where there is no number coding scheme; such as, Navotas, Pateros, Marikina, Taguig and Muntinlupa.

This, however, has to wait until ordinances regarding window hours in all cities are revised and updated.

Meanwhile, the MMDA is also set to remove the terminals of provincial buses in Metro Manila.

These terminals will be transferred to the Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa, Laguna interim terminals, as well as to the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

“Ang target natin dyan by June dapat wala na yan [We target to remove them by June] not only in EDSA but the whole Metro Manila,” Garcia added.

First to go are the provincial bus terminals along EDSA.

For its part, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start the processing of the franchises of Metro city buses that will ferry passengers to and fro the interim terminals.

The MMDA will conduct the necessary dry run to help the buses and passengers get used to the new system, before its actual implementation.  – Maris Federez (with reports from Joan Nano)

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