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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 orders preventive suspension against 10 Dimple Star buses

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada checks the tires of a Dimple Star Bus (Joan Nano / UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Following an inspection on Wednesday by personnel of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) at the terminal of Dimple Star bus firm, the agency prohibited two bus units of the company.

The two bus units were supposed to travel to Iloilo but were found to have bald tires with holes.

The thread near the bus tires was already loose, while one of the units had no document.

Because of this, LTFRB banned the two buses from operating, while its passengers were transferred to other bus firms.

“Bakit nadidispatch ang ganitong klase ng bus? (Why are they allowing buses like these to be dispatched?) Where is the safety protocol or measure ng Dimple Star?” LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada said.

Although the inspection caused inconvenience, passengers were glad that the LTFRB discovered the defects.

“Malaking abala to pero buhay to. Dapat talaga bago sila umaalis, talagang sinisiguro nila na safe ang mga pasahero,” said bus passenger, Salnie Francisco.

(It is a huge inconvenience but live are at stake. Before buses leave, they should ensure the safety of passengers.)

Meanwhile, the LTFRB imposed a 30-day preventive suspension on the firm’s 10 bus units with routes from Manila to San Jose Occidental Mindoro following the fatal accident on Tuesday that left 19 people dead and more than 20 others injured.

Aside from this, the LTFRB will also summon the bus operator, Hilbert Napat, and will be ordered to explain why their franchise should not be revoked or cancelled, and to identify the negligence of the company in the said accident.

The LTFRB set the hearing in connection with the case on April 18.

Meanwhile, the officials of the Passenger Accident Management and Insurance Agency (PAMI) will travel to Occidental Mindoro to process the financial assistance the relatives of the victims will receive.

Aside from this, the operator of Dimple Star bus also provided financial aid to the victims. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

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No transport strike despite class suspension – transport groups

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

PISTON president George San Mateo

MANILA, Philippines —Malacañang has suspended classes from all levels in both private and public schools in Metro Manila on Tuesday.

Based on the memo circular, this is to avoid students from getting stranded due to the transport strike.

But some transport groups are wondering why when they did not organize a transport strike that day.

Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) national president George San Mateo said this is only a tactic by the Duterte administration.

“Ang tingin namin ang Malacañang naglilikha ng confusion para magpanic at maglikha ng galit sa ating mga mamamayan laban sa mga driver, para i-crackdown ang mga driver,” San Mateo said.

(The way we see it, Malacañang is creating confusion to cause panic so that people will turn against jeepney drivers and they can conduct a crackdown on drivers.)

This was promptly denied by Malacañang.

“Hindi po namin alam kung ano ang plano ng Piston. Inanunsyo nila, isang linggo yata yan, or nagbabanta sila ng patuloy na strike. Naniniguro lang po ang president. Hindi ko po alam kung anong taktika ang sinasabi nila,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

(We don’t know what Piston is planning. They made an announcement it might be a week-long strike or they threatened to conduct a continuous strike. The President just wants to be sure. I don’t know about these “tactics” they are talking about.)

Some jeepney operators appealed to the government not to suspend classes and even assured to provide transportation to students.

“Dahil agree naman kami sa lahat ng modernization at inaayos na namin ito,” said Zenny Maranan, president of Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap).

(Because we agree with all modernization plans and we are working things out.)

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) appealed to San Mateo to accept the modernization program for the sake of the commuters.

“The only way to go here, and this is a message to George, is to embrace the modernization program. Hindi natin haharangin, kasi haharangin natin ng tigil pasada, sino napeperwisyo? Ang mananakay,” LTFRB chair Atty. Martin Delgra said.

(The only way to go here, and this is a message to George, is to embrace the modernization program. We should not block it. Because when you block it with a transport strike, who suffers most — the commuters.)

LTFRB plans to pursue filing a case not only against San Mateo but to all those who participated in the transport strike.

Since last year, Piston has conducted three transport strikes while LTFRB had already filed two cases against San Mateo. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue



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Piston to hold transport strike on Monday

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Some members of PISTON or the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide staging a protest about the changing of plates. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — The Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (PISTON) will once again voice out their objection to the government’s jeepney modernization program through a transport strike on Monday.

“Pekeng modernisasyon ni Duterte! Tutulan! Labanan!” Piston protested.

(Stop Duterte’s fake modernization!)

One of their arguments is the high price of new units which will cost from P1.6 to P1.8 million.

They also pointed out that the government and the manufacturers are not ready to replace the 180,000 to 200,000  jeepney units in the country.

“So talagang kitang-kita po natin malaking negosyo po itong modernization program,” said Piston national president George San Mateo.

(So it’s obvious that this modernization program is just one big business.)

San Mateo said that they will have five rally centers in Metro Manila to be set up in Monumento in Caloocan, Bayan-Novaliches, Alabang-Viaduck, Anda Circle in Manila and in Cubao.

This is aside from the different areas in nearby provinces.

Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) board member Aileen Lizada said they are ready to deploy vehicles to assist passengers who will be affected by the strike.

She added that the modernization will continue for the benefit of the public and for those in the transport sector to comply with the Clean Air Act.

“Uulitin namin wala pong phase-out ng jeepney as a denomination. Ang inaayos po natin dito ay anong klaseng jeepney ang ilalagay natin sa daanan,” said Lizada. 

(We repeat, there is no phase out of jeepneys as a denomination. What we are trying to arrange is the type of jeepney that will be  allowed on the road.)   — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue


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