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
Fuel vouchers to be distributed in Marikina today
FILE PHOTO: Fuel Subsidy Card
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be visiting Marikina City Hall Quadrangle today, September 24, to continue the fuel voucher distribution caravan for all public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers.
The distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Operators or drivers need to bring relevant documents to prove ownership of the franchise in order to claim the Libreng Pantawid Pasada cards.
The caravan aims to simplify the process of allocating the fuel vouchers of the Pantawid Pasada Program to almost 200,000 registered PUJ operators across the country.
DOTr belies report of approved P12 minimum jeepney fare
The Department of Transportation has belied reports circulating on social media that the minimum jeepney fare is now P12.
A post by the Facebook page Philippinews Trend said that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has approved the P12 jeepney fare and will implement it starting November.
The DOTr refuted the claim and confirmed that the prevailing provisional fare for jeepneys is P9.00.
In a new post, Philippinews Trend apologized for the wrong information and explained that their FB account was allegedly hacked. They have since deleted the misleading article.
The DOTr reminds the public to be discerning about what you read online and to check official social media accounts instead for reliable information.
Rush hour ban on buses to start Aug 15, total ban soon
MANILA, Philippines — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo said a total ban of provincial buses on EDSA is unlikely for now based on the current state of the Valenzuela Interim Terminal.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian joined MMDA and Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) officials at the inspection of Valenzuela Interim Terminal to assess if it can operate as a station for provincial buses starting August 15.
Aside from the ongoing construction works inside the terminal, MMDA noted several issues that need to be addressed.
Among these are the establishment of designated areas for provincial and city buses; management of queues for jeepneys, buses and UV Express vans that share the terminal; and completion of waiting sheds for passengers.
The MMDA has directed the Valenzuela City government to fast track the completion of the interim terminal within a month.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said, “Give us a little bit more time. Di naman matagal na matagal, para maiayos lang yung terminal condition at tsaka yung mga sasalo na vehicles.”
Nevertheless, the MMDA will still implement on August 15 the ban of provincial buses on EDSA during rush hours.
This means that starting August 15, MMDA personnel will begin apprehending provincial buses on EDSA from 7am to 10am and 6pm to 9pm. Violators of the ordinance will be fined P2,000.
MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said, “Yung dry run natin na kapag ang bus galing ng north, hanggang Cubao lang sila. Kapag galing south, hanggang Pasay. Pinahinga lang natin yung Cubao to Magallanes kasi ginagawa yung Shaw Boulevard.”
The Provincial Bus Operators Association has previously voiced opposition to the policy but they admit that they can do nothing if the MMDA will implement it. — Joan Nano