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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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Analyst: Original BBL version might not hurdle Congress

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: Members of the House of Representatives attend the opening session of the 17th Congress to cast votes for their new leaders. Kenji Hasegawa/Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Members of the House of Representatives attend the opening session of the 17th Congress to cast votes for their new leaders. Kenji Hasegawa/Photoville International)

 

MANILA, Philippines — Lawmakers hope to ratify the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)  on July 23, in time for President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA).

But political analyst, Professor Edmund Tayao, doubts that  Congress will approve the original version of the BBL which was crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

He explained that Congress will have to amend the charter first before approving its provisions.

It can be noted that the Senate and the House modified some of the BTC’s proposal but asserted it is not a watered-down version and could withstand legal scrutiny.

However, he admitted that BBL is necessary for the advancement of the proposed federal form of government being pushed by the Duterte administration.

“That’s why the issue on federalism is important. This is a significant opportunity and it would be a shame if we let it pass,” said Tayao. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Fines, revocation of franchise face PUJ drivers not giving student discount

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will not only impose fines against jeepney drivers who will not allow student fare discount but such drivers will also face revocation of franchise.

LTFRB maintained that the student discount is effective even during holidays, school breaks and weekends.

The agency stressed that offenders – drivers and operators – will have to pay P5,000 fine for first offense; P10,000 pesos for the second offense and cancellation of the franchise for the third offense.

LTFRB Board Members Atty. Aileen Lizada, meanwhile, called on students to file formal complaints at their office should they encounter abusive drivers and not just vent their frustrations out on social media.

“In any court, kailangan talaga we need to hear the other side. Kasi if they post a picture and there’s no formal complaint, hindi naman fair sa operator,” Lizada explained.

(In any court,we really need to hear the other side. Because if they post a picture and there’s no formal complaint, it’s not fair to the operator.)

The LTFRB, however, clarified that student discounts do not apply to those enrolled in post-graduate studies. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Commuters’ group to support P1.00 jeepney fare hike

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday reset its hearing on the petition of some jeepney groups seeking to increase fare by two pesos.

The Pasang Masda group said confusion ensued when other groups requested to increase fare by four pesos, bringing the minimum fare to 12 pesos.

“Itong mga delay na ito, it’s not on our own. On the record, sila palagi ang nagre-request. Nasa case folder po. It’s either kulang ebidensya nila, hindi handa ang lawyer nila, magme-meeting pa sila or they are working on their papers,” said LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada.

(These delays, it’s not on our own. On the record, they are the ones who would often request for it; it’s in the case folder. It’s either because of incomplete evidence or their lawyer is not yet ready; or they still need to talk about it; or they are still consolidating documents.)

But according to Maricor Akol of the National Center for Commuters Safety and Protection (NCCP), they are willing to support the fare hike petition to help out drivers amid surging fuel prices, however, it should not reach P2.

“Naiintindihan namin ang plight ng mga driver at ng mga operators, so the commuters are willing to go on a price increase in the base price of one peso,” said NCCP Maricor Akol.

(We understand the plight of the drivers and operators, so the commuters are willing to go on a price increase in the base price of one peso.)

Akol also urged the government to grant subsidy to jeepney drivers.

“Kasi meron naman tayong mga energy tax, road users tax, saan napupunta iyon? Nakikita natin minsan ang mga kalye hindi naman sira, sinisira nila. Bakit hindi na lang ibigay ang subsidy doon sa mga public transport,” said the NCCP president.

(Because we have energy tax, road users tax, where do these taxes go? We see some roads being repaired even though they are not damaged — why? Why don’t they use the money to subsidize public transport?)

But Obet Martin of Pasang Masda argued that the one-peso increase is not enough to help them cope with the impact of rising fuel prices.

“Gawin nating 2 pesos para naman kung bumaba naman ang presyo, kami naman ay magbo-voluntary reduction ng fare. Give and take situation lang,” said Pasang Masda President Obet Martin.

(We should just hike it to P2.00 because once the price normalizes, we will voluntarily reduce the fare. It’s a give and take situation.)

The LTFRB, meanwhile, assured to look into the basis of the petition as it will affect roughly three million commuters population once it has been approved.

The hearing has been rescheduled to June 13. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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