LTFRB to issue guidelines on proper placement of signage for PUVs
UNTV News • May 23, 2017 • 6245
MANILA — Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) consulted the Automobile Association of the Philippines to determine the proper placement of sign boards for public utility vehicles so as to avoid distractions while driving.
“There will be an MC for all PUVs that will be coming out within the week for guidance. One sign board in the right side down. Because others have so many sign boards that you can only see the face of the driver in the middle,” LTFRB board member, Atty. Aileen Lizada, said.
Aside from this, the LTFRB has clarified the issue on prohibition of placing sacred symbols in their vehicles.
“We are not saying that sacred symbols are not allowed inside the car. What we are saying is that the sacred symbols like other religious articles just put it near you but, it has been taken out of context but what we are saying is just clear our line of sight,” Atty. Lizada added.
Meanwhile, several lawmakers want to scrutinize the implementing rules and regulations of the said policy.
Some senators say it seems that the real intention of the law has been lost.
Senator Nancy Binay said, “I’m calling for a review of the IRR. It seems the interpretation [of the law] changes every day.”
Sen. JV Ejercito also said, “It is confusing. I think many enforcers do not know as well what they are implementing.”
Majority floor leader Senator Tito Sotto meanwhile wants to postpone the implementation of the law.
He said, “I am about to call the attention of Committee of Public Service of the Senate if possible to call for a ceasefire or a halt in the implementation of Anti-Distracted Driving Law.”
The LTFRB has initially said it is studying the possibility of suspending the implementation of the law and to prioritize the conduct of a three month information drive for motorists.
Traffic law enforcement agencies will meet again tomorrow to review several regulations of the Anti-Distracted Driving Law. — Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Nancy Binay has called on the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) to review its existing policies which allow retirees as young as 35 years old to stay in the country.
In a statement, Binay said the PRA should revisit its policies, do a background check and implement a stricter vetting process “to lessen the probability of foreign nationals exploiting the special resident retiree visas (SRRV).”
“It’s high time to review the policy na 35 years old ka lang ay pwede ka na mag-retire dito sa Pilipinas kasi ang kailangan lang po ng magre-retire ay either mag-deposit siya ng US$50,000 sa bangko, or bumili ng condo unit worth P2.5 million at pwede nang mag-retire dito,” she said.
Binay issued the call after some senators expressed alarm upon learning in a Senate hearing that foreigners aged 35 years old and above are eligible for the SRRV.
It was also revealed during the hearing that Chinese nationals are among the top foreign retirees in the country.
Binay also hit the “seemingly relaxed national security policy” on allowing Chinese nationals who are 35 years old, which she says falls in the bracket of the so-called “soldier’s age.”
“Siguro dapat dagdagan din ang security measure at baka dapat higpitan ang vetting process ng mga tatanggapin natin regardless of nationality,” she said.
She also said that she finds the PRA’s age limit concerning and noted how foreigners can exploit this to work in the country without going through the proper channels.
“Alam naman natin at 35 years old malakas pa po ang katawan niyan. Lalong-lalo po mayroon tayong problema ngayon na kung saan may issue tayo na apparently ang mga kababayan natin ay nagkakaroon ng job displacement pagdating dito sa pagpasok ng mga Chinese nationals sa ating bansa,” she said.
“Pwede (ang mga yan ay) nagtatrabaho sa POGO, or pwede rin po baka nandiyan sila sa Divisoria. Kaya nga po magandang tingnan at pag-aralan kasi baka kumbaga ginagamit nila itong paraan to circumvent the law na hindi sila puwedeng mag-trabaho dito,” she added
Data from the PRA showed there are a total of 70,520 foreign retirees in the Philippines. Of this number, Chinese nationals comprise the highest number of foreign retirees or about 40%.
This is followed by Korean retirees at around 14,000, and Indian nationals at about 6,000.
Aside from this, the agency also allowed 4,820 PUJ units to ply routes in Metro Manila as stated in the Memorandum Circular 2020-058 dated Saturday (October 10).
Overall, a total of 27,016 traditional PUJs are now operating on 302 routes across Metro Manila since the government opened transportation with the implementation of General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
The agency said it is working on opening more routes for PUVs to address the need for mass transport as business further reopen.
This was after public transport capacity was limited amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) unit breakdown in Metro Manila since operation started on June 1, 2020:
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), through Memorandum Circular 2020-057, ordered all automated fare collection system (AFCS) providers to remove card fees for stored-value cards used in public utility vehicles (PUVs).
“The Board hereby directs all Public Utility operators and/or Automatic Fare Collection Systems (AFCS) to remove any charges or fees imposed for the purchase/use of their cards on top of the fare load,” the memorandum said covering all buses, modern jeepneys and taxis among others.
The measure was in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call following complaints from passengers of the EDSA Busway System over ‘expensive’ Beep cards at P80.00.
Failure to comply with the directive would incur them fines or suspension.
“Failure of the concerned operator and/or provider to comply with this issuance shall cause for the immediate suspension of the automatic fare collection system, aside from the penalties to be imposed pursuant to existing issuances of this Board against the operators concern,” the memorandum stressed.
Beep card operator AF Payments Incorporated said it has not received a copy of the memorandum just yet and discussions are still ongoing on the matter.
But at Monumento station in Caloocan, purchase of Beep cards has been suspended and only the fare loading service is allowed.
The agency will have the Memorandum Circular printed and published in major newspapers and the directive will be in effect starting October 9.
Still, the ‘No Beep card, No Ride’ policy remains suspended at EDSA Busway system. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)
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