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LTFRB’s job fair for drivers of “habal-habal” and former “Angkas” drivers, unsuccessful

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines – A total of 47 companies including Grab, U-Hop, various customer service companies and manpower agencies joined the job fair, Wednesday, organized by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Labor and Employment for “habal-habal” and former Angkas drivers.

However, the target sector seems to have no interest in the opportunities offered by the said companies.

What they want is to be allowed to return to their previous operations.

Rod Taguban said he earned enough for his family’s needs when he was still working as an Angkas driver.

Rod used to earn up to P13,000 a month when he was still working as an assistant pharmacist.

When he started as an Angkas driver, his income increased to around P60,000 a month just by driving.

“Sa Angkas po kasi hawak mo yung oras mo.  Wala kang boss, walang nagmamando sa’yo. Sana po maisabatas ito kasi malaking tulong po ito sa mga commuter sa mga Angkas po  (With Angkas, you manage your own time. You don’t have a boss to order you around. I hope this will be enacted into law because it’s a big help to commuters),” Taguban said.

Rod is among the 15,000 members of the motorcycle ride booking service, Angkas which the LTFRB suspended operations last November 9.

But the LTFRB said the job fair aims to help them find an alternative source of income.

“Ito yung best effort ng government para doon sa mga displaced Angkas and habal-habal to get a job na ligal na livelihood. Hinihingi nila kahapon pagbigyan sana sila ngayong pasko. But after Christmas what happens? Balik na naman magpapatintero na naman tayo sa daan?” LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada said.

(This is the government’s best effort for displaced Angkas and habal-habal [drivers] to get a job that is legal. What they were requesting yesterday was free-pass this holiday season. But after Christmas what happens? We’ll be back to playing ‘patintero’ on the road?)

LTFRB appeals to the habal-habal and former Angkas drivers to cooperate with the policies of the government while Congress is still studying possible amendments in the law that will consider motorcycles to operate as public transportation.

“Kung hahayaan namin kayong magpatuloy (if we allow you to continue operating), we are not helping you. Let us go through a positive effort,” Lizada said.

“What we are going through now, medyo may suffering ng konti (though there may be a little suffering involved), but there will be light at the end of this and that is when Congress comes in,” she added.  – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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I-ACT kicks off full implementation of “Tanggal Bulok,Tanggal Usok” drive

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic or I-ACT  began the full implementation of the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign on Wednesday.

During apprehensions, the I-ACT checked the condition of the apprehended vehicle such as its headlight, and signal light.

In the case of one jeepney that had bald tires, the I-ACT found it already dangerous for travel and had it impounded.

If the jeepney is already too old and causes smoke belching, authorities will impound it.

“We will not subpoena them in court. They are instructed to report to an emission center because before once you are apprehended for having a smoke-belching unit, the process happens on the spot. And once you failed there, you will be issued with a traffic violation, which will cause heavy traffic,” Land Transportation Office (LTO) Inspector Jose Manuel Bonnevie said.

Once a vehicle fails to pass road worthiness check, its owners will have to pay fines.

For drivers who will fail to attend the hearing, authorities will have their names alerted in the LTO and Land Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) so they could no longer renew their franchise.

As of Wednesday, I-ACT has already issued 166 subpoenas while 4 vehicles have been impounded.

Some apprehended drivers, meanwhile, call on the government to give them another chance.

“I have no money, sir. I am still saving money,” jeepney driver Leopoldo Rodriguez said.

Department of Transportation or DOTr Undersecretary Tim Orbos said the government is serious in its campaign to flag down dilapidated and smoke belching jeepney units.

“Yesterday, we apprehended several jeepneys with bald tires. It means, when it rains it’s already risky. Several [jeepneys] had no breaks. A number had their lights off, which I don’t understand up to now why they don’t have their lights on at night. So, they can get upset with the modernization but not with worthiness. When it comes to it, we have no qualms about implementing it,” DOTr Road and Transportation Usec. Tim Orbos said.

Meanwhile, transport group leader Jun Magno went to the Motor Vehicle Inspection System or MVIS office of the LTO.

The MVIS office is in charge of checking on the roadworthiness of a vehicle.

“Why are they blaming the operators when they’re the ones who are lacking. There has been no road worthiness here for years. There’s not even a smoke emission. The problem now is that they’ve been arresting jeepneys. Who should really be apprehended?  Should it not be them because they’re not complying with the law?” Stop and Go president, Jun Magno said.

UNTV News team is still waiting for the response of LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante regarding the issue. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Franchise suspension threatens transport groups imposing unauthorized fare hikes

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – On a Facebook post of netizen Sheila Crisostomo, a poster at a UV express terminal shows an advisory to its passengers about the P5.00 increase in its fares.

Based on the said poster, from the previous P45, the fares at the said UV express terminal will increase to P50 for trips from Meycauyan, Bulacan to Quezon City.

It also stated that the said fare hike is due to the expected increase in petroleum prices due to the implementation of the government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusive or TRAIN law.

This prompted the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to issue a stern warning against transport groups implementing unauthorized fare hikes.

“To all public utility vehicle operators, you are not allowed to implement a fare hike on your own. Doing so is unauthorized,” Atty. Aileen Lizada said.

Under the Joint Administrative Order Number 2014-1, operators who would implement a fare hike will face a P 5,000 penalty for the 1ST offense.

Second-time offenders will have to pay a fine of P 10,000 and 60 day-suspension and withdrawal of their for-hire plates.

Those who will commit the offense for the 3rd time will face cancellation of their franchise.

Atty. Lizada explained that only Philippine National Taxi Operators Association (PNTOA) and Grab Philippines have submitt a d petition for a fare increase to the LTFRB.

She noted the LTFRB Board could release a resolution in March since they still have to conduct a thorough consultation with the National Economic and Development Authority or NEDA and commuters groups before deciding on the fare hike petition.

The LTFRB also calls on passengers to immediately inform them about any public utility drivers, operators, or groups that take unfair advantage of the situation.

“Take a picture of the signage, if there are any. Or take a picture of the plate number or their routes and let us know. The account is LTFRB citizen enforcer on Facebook or Twitter. It’s better if you could take a video, so we could issue the necessary show-cause order,” Lizada said.

The agency is set to conduct a special board meeting on Wednesday to begin the discussions on the petition for fare increase filed by PNTOA and Grab Philippines. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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City bus operators to file petition for fare hike due to TRAIN Law

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: City buses plying on EDSA

MANILA, Philippines — Following the petition of other transport groups for a fare hike, city bus operators will also file a similar request from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)

Managing director of Samahang Transport Operator Pilipinas, Juliet de Jesus said they are now studying and computing the additional fare they will petition for before the LTFRB.

The city bus operators said that aside from the expected P2.80 increase in the prices of crude oil beginning January 16, they also have to prepare for more expenses related to the government’s modernization program for public utility buses.

These include the installation of CCTV cameras, wi-fi connection, global positioning system, speed limiter, and the upgrading of their engines to Euro-4 engine.

“We have a standing obligation to our supplier for our fuel, to our buses that are brand new. It will really affect the operator, we need to survive also,” De Jesus said.

It was in 2011 when the LTFRB last implemented a P1.00 fare increase for city buses.

The minimum fare for ordinary buses is currently at P10.00, while the minimum fare for air-conditioned ones is P12.00.

Even provincial bus operators are also planning to appeal for a fare increase due to the tax reform law.

Meanwhile, LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada explained the agency has to study first the fare increase petition of the transport groups to determine if their requested fare hikes are reasonable.

“If there is an increase, a petition filed for fare increase by PNTOA or any transport group for that matter, they need to justify why the board should grant a fare increase and what services will be delivered,” Atty. Lizada said.

City buses operators are expected to submit to the LTFRB their petition any day within the month.  — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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