LTFRB transfers 44 “corrupt” officials, employees to Mindanao

admin   •   December 13, 2016   •   7544

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III has identified the LTFRB-National Capital Region Office, led by Regional Director Rodolfo Jaucian, as among the agency’s regional offices where illegal transactions are normally-committed.

This is also after the discovery of a ghost database and other anomalous transactions involving some of LTFRB’s officials.

The ghost database is said to contain unauthorized information in processing transport franchises.

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LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada explained, “There should be only one database for each NCR or central office, NCR has two databases, so  may ghost data base and there’s also a formal data base, and what is unique here is, they have two routes to the database. Hindi mo alam sino gumagamit, nag-aaccess ng database [ you don’t know who’s using, accessing the database] and this result to corruption for a fee.”

The LTFRB has also presented to the media, copies of some of the anomalous transactions reported to them.

These include the extortion of P280,000 by some LTFRB-NCR officials in exchange of the registration of a franchise.

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This is despite the moratorium on franchise application released by the agency in 2009.

During an inspection,LTFRB board members also discovered some questionable documents being kept at the pantry of the NCR office.

In line with this, Delgra assures the conduct of a thorough investigation into the said issue.

He also vows to hold accountable those proven to be involved in the anomaly.

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The LTFRB chairman also tells the public in advance that the said move might affect the agency’s operation as it ensures the immediate resolution of the problem.

LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III advised, “Kung hihina man ng konti ang serbisyo doon dahil nagtatanggal kami ng mga tao,yung mga key officials na sangkot dito. Maraming bakante sa Mindanao kaya pinasa naming sa Mindanao yang mga tao na yan.”

(If the service slows down, it’s because we fired some people. The key officials involved in this might be transferred to Mindanao. There are a lot of vacant positions there.”) — Joan Nano / UNTV News & Rescue

Authorities caught motorcycle riders in Cagayan de Oro operating under Angkas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 7, 2020

Authorities have caught several motorcycle riders operating as taxi service under the ride-hailing app Angkas in Cagayan De Oro City which is outside of the designated Motorcycle Taxi Service Pilot Implementation Study area.

After receiving several complaints, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region 10 office conducted the operation against several units of Angkas. The motorcycles were immediately impounded.

In a Facebook post of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the riders were “reported to have been violating the terms of the MC Taxi Pilot Study guidelines adopted by the Technical Working Group (TWG).”

“Under current transport laws, Motorcycles are strictly prohibited from being utilized as public transportation. The exception now is the ongoing MC Pilot Study program being implemented by the TWG in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu only,” the post reads

Under the law, riders who are operating colorum motorcycles will be fined P6,000.

The pilot test run is still on-going and is expected to be done by March 23, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court was not in favor with the request of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety to suspend operations of other motorcycle taxis.

Based on the court’s decision, the group presented insufficient evidence for the court to provide a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against other motorcycle taxis for hire.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Transport groups seek for Php11 minimum fare on jeepneys

Maris Federez   •   December 27, 2019

Commuters try to board a jeepney in Quezon City, Philippines, 30 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines — Several transport groups will be filing a petition for a minimum fare of Php11 on public utility jeepneys (PUJ).

Pasang Masda president, Obet Martin, said they will file their fare hike petition to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in January alongside the implementation of the third tranche of the excise tax on petroleum products.

Martin said the Php2 increase on the current minimum fare of Php9 is to help jeepney drivers and operators recover from the additional tax on oil products that will be imposed on them.

“Sa akin ay talagang kontrang kontra ang aking damdamin sa pagtataas subalit wala po akong magagawa sapagka’t ang presyo po ng aming ginagamit na panggatong o itong diesel eh tumaas na naman po,” Martin said.

The price hike on petroleum products will take effect on January 1, 2020, in accordance with Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

The fare increase that the group is seeking will further rise to Php12 in case crude prices also further increase.

Pasang Masda, along with other transport groups, will soon be convening to discuss the petition that they will file in January. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

LTFRB reinforces Oplan Isnabero vs errant cab drivers

Robie de Guzman   •   December 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – With the anticipated influx of passengers this holiday season, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will strengthen its “Oplan Isnabero” against errant taxi drivers.

In a statement, the LTFRB said the heightened operations will begin on December 20, Friday and will last until January 3, 2020.

Oplan Isnabero is a nationwide campaign by the LTFRB, in partnership with local malls, against taxi drivers who refuse to convey passengers, do not give change to passengers, do not wear identification card, do not reach out to people with disabilities, pregnant women and senior citizens, do not properly use taxi meters, and do not observe driving safety rules.

The LTFRB first launched the operation in December 2016. It aims to protect passengers from cab drivers who do not comply with the attached rules and requirements of their franchise.

The agency urged the public anew to file a complaint against taxi drivers who violate the said policy.

For queries and concerns, the public may reach the LTFRB through its hotline 1342 or via its official Facebook page and e-mail address. They may also call the DOTr hotline 8790 8300 / 8790 8400.


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