LTFRB transfers 44 “corrupt” officials, employees to Mindanao

admin   •   December 13, 2016   •   7883

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

43 illegally operating vehicles, impounded in NCR under anti-colorum drive — LTFRB

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has reported that 43 private vehicles have been impounded during the agency’s anti-colorum drive.

LTFRB Executive Director Joel Bolano on Friday (April 16) reported that as of April 12, 43 units have been impounded for unauthorized operations.

He also reminded the public not to hire services from colorum units especially if the implemented health and safety protocols are not followed.

Huwag pumatol sa mga colorum. Hindi po nasusunod ang ating health protocols. Baka sa kagustuhan po nating makauwi, iyong pasalubong na ating maiwuuwi ay virus. Wala rin po silang insurance na pwedeng sumagot. Ang mga public utility ay mayroon passenger accident insurance. Sana po sundan natin ang mga patakaran pagdating sa public transport (Let us not hire colorum units. They may not be following health protocols. Due to our desire to go home, we might bring home the virus instead. [These colorum] also do not have any insurance. Our public utility has what we call passenger accident insurance. I hope we follow the rules when it comes to public transport),he said.

Meanwhile, the agency admits there is a challenge in monitoring PUVs when it comes to following the 50% limited capacity.

Bolano said they are coordinating with various government agencies to make sure health protocols, as well as limited capacity in public transport, are implemented. AAC

Additional 195 routes for provincial buses to open April 15 — LTFRB

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that 195 routes in different parts of the country are set to open on Thursday (April 15) for the operation of 2,665 provincial public utility buses (PUBs).

This is in compliance with Memorandum Circular No. 2021-023 issued by the LTFRB and to uphold the mandate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of providing convenient travel to the riding public.

Such a move is expected to minimize or fully stop the operation of out-of-line or “colorum” vehicles which the DOTr sees as among the main contributors to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to different parts of the country.

Though the LTFRB announced these new routes, protocols will still depend on the restrictions and requirements imposed by respective local government units (LGUs) particularly the decision to open their borders to public vehicles coming from other LGUs.

To check the additional routes, click this link.

Roadworthy provincial buses may operate if they have a valid personal passenger insurance policy in the new routes.

Vehicles allowed in the new routes are those with a QR code from LTFRB which must be printed and displayed in the bus unit.

QR Codes can be downloaded from the LTFRB’s official website

3 vehicles impounded in intensified anti-colorum operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Three vehicles were impounded during an anti-colorum operation of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) on Thursday (April 8).

Authorities conducted the operation in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

The three vehicles impounded were two shuttle vans and one jeepney – all operating illegally for not having special permits.

“The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) is enhancing its anti-colorum activities as illegal transport activities pose health hazards and increased virus transmission during community quarantine season,” according to I-ACT.

Last week, an LTFRB-led operation had apprehended colorum vehicles and trucks which were used to transport civilians amid the travel restrictions imposed during the quarantine period.

Seventy-nine passengers of the said apprehended vehicles s were found out to be positive of the COVID-19 virus.

I-ACT said it will increase its road inspections especially its anti-colorum operations as a response to the increasing illegal transport activities in the region. -AAC


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