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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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LTFRB urged to decide on moratorium on ‘colorum’ TNVS apprehensions

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

Courtesy : Laban TNVS Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – A group of ride-sharing app drivers and operators on Friday urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to decide on the implementation of a moratorium on the apprehension of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) vehicles with incomplete registrations.

The Laban TNVS on Friday morning simultaneously sounded their horns as a part of their protest caravan staged in front of the LTFRB main office and the House of Representatives.

The group called on LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra to fulfill his promise of immediately deciding on their appeal to implement a moratorium on apprehensions while their members are processing their applications.

TNVS drivers and operators met with the LTFRB on Tuesday to discuss their concerns following their staging of a ‘transport holiday’ on Monday (July 8).

READ: Ride-hailing app drivers go offline Monday against phase out of ‘hatchbacks’

“Pagkatapos ng dialogue, ang pangako ni Chairman Delgra, within the week ay ilalabas ng board ang desisyon nila tungkol sa dalawang bagay. Una, ‘yung no apprehension, moratorium sa apprehension ng mga TNVS na tinuturing nilang colorum… At yung pangalawa, yung sa usapin ng hatchback,” said Atty. Ariel Inton, president of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection group.

Although they were able to bring their sentiments before the LTFRB, the group said they are yet to feel any assurance from Delgra’s statements.

“There was no assurance doon sa statement niya. That’s the reason why nandito kami to tell them na naghihintay kami sa kasagutan nila na dapat maging at least maging favorable sa amin,” said Eric Gabriel Fernandez, convenor of the LabanTNVS.

TNVS drivers and operators said the protest aims to air their opposition against LTFRB’s “inconsistent” policies and processing in terms of TNVS registration and application.

They are also protesting the agency’s alleged non-implementation of Memorandum Circular 2018-005 which allows hatchback-type vehicles to operate as TNVS.

The group warned to conduct continuous protest caravans should the LTFRB fail to announce its decision on the matter. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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Palace: the Filipino suicide bomber a cause for concern

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Scene of the suicide attack at a military camp in Indanan, Sulu that killed three soldiers and two bombers. | Courtesy: AFP-WESMINCOM

One of the two suicide bombers who was confirmed to be Filipino is a cause for concern according to Malacañang.

The attacker was identified as Norman Lasuca, 23 years old. Authorities say he was the first confirmed Filipino suicide bomber.

READ: Authorities confirm one of the suicide bombers in Indanan, Sulu was Filipino

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the attacker’s action goes against the character of Filipinos.

“It’s a cause for concern, given that this is the first time that there is a Filipino suicide bomber. It goes against the grain of the character of Filipinos, iyong magsu-suicide ka para sa terrorism (committing suicide for terrorism),” he said.

The Palace calls on the public to remain vigilant and immediately report suspicious individuals to authorities.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Poe calls on LTFRB to lift deactivation of Hatchback TNVS drivers

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019

Senator Grace Poe (Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe on Monday urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to consider lifting its ban on transport network vehicle services (TNVS) units that have failed to comply with application requirements.

Poe made the call as ride-hailing app drivers went offline on Monday (July 8) to protest the agency’s ‘inconsistent’ policies and phase out of hatchback cars.

READ: Ride-hailing app drivers go offline Monday against phase out of ‘hatchbacks’

Poe, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Services, said the LTFRB already promised in its Memorandum Circular 2018-005 in February that it will allow existing hatchbacks to continue operating for three more years to recoup their investment.

“Siguro ay dapat rin nating malaman kung bakit napagdesisyunan ng LTFRB na hindi sundin ang sarili nilang circular,” the senator said in a statement.

(Maybe it’s time we find out why the LTFRB decided not to follow its own circular.)

“Hindi pwedeng paiba-iba ang ipinatutupad na regulasyon. Hindi ito patas sa mga mananakay at sa mga namumuhunan,” she added.

(The regulations should not be inconsistent. This is not fair to the passengers and investors.)

Poe further said that while LTFRB’s mandate to regulate the industry and ensure the safety of the riding public should be respected, calls to make the process easier according to the Ease of Doing Business Act should also be recognized.

“Matagal na nating kinilala ang kakayanan ng industriyang ito na tugunan ang kakulangan ng maayos na transportasyon sa kalakhang Maynila. Bakit natin kailangang pahirapan ang lahat?”

(We have long recognized this industry’s capacity to fill the gap of mass transportation in Metro Manila. Why do we need to make everyone suffer?)

The TNVS community in Metro Manila earlier said the transport holiday on Monday is to protest the difficult policies of the LTFRB in securing provisional authority and certificate of public convenience.

Although the drivers’ move inconvenienced many ride-hailing app users, Poe said the transport holiday is an opportunity for a negotiation between the LTFRB and the TNVS groups.

The agency earlier announced the conduct of a dialogue on Tuesday (July 9) to discuss the groups’ grievances.

“While the parties are on the table, we hope that the LTFRB can consider lifting the deactivation on those who failed to comply with the requirements,” Poe said.

The senator, meanwhile, revealed that bills seeking to put in place a law governing TNVS operations will continue to be discussed in the Senate.

“These include the re-filing of our bill from last Congress which proposes that only Transport Network Companies (such as Grab) will be directly regulated by the LTFRB. TNVS will only be one of several bills in the overarching ‘inclusive transportation’ agenda,” she said.

Poe added that bills seeking for the establishment of alternative modes of transportation will also be pushed in the 18th Congress.

“Other bills which we will file include the establishment of bicycle lanes, elevated walkways, and other alternative modes of transportation,” she said.

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