Traditional jeepneys allowed to resume operations this week

Marje Pelayo   •   June 29, 2020   •   328

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is still finalizing the routes where public utility jeepneys (PUJs) could operate. 

According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, they have already identified 30 routes for traditional PUJs which are scheduled to open within the week. 

Delgra, however, reminds traditional jeepney drivers who will be allowed to resume operations to secure a special permit in addition to their vehicles passing the emission and road worthiness test.

UV Express service units began plying major roads again in Metro Manila on Monday (June 29) to augment the limited transportation under the general community quarantine (GCQ) in relation to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Modern jeepneys have also been allowed to operate, prompting critics to allege that the LTFRB was using the COVID-19 pandemic to push the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program; an allegation which LTFRB has denied. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

LTFRB to open more routes for public transportation

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is planning to open additional routes for public transportation as more industries open and employees gradually returning to work. 

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran said there are no details yet on the list routes or when it will be finalized. 

Pinag-iisipan at pinagpaplanuhan na ng LTFRB ang pagdadagdag ng up to 10 percent sa bilang ng mga ruta ng mga pampublikong sasakyan sa buong bansa,” the official said.

Kasalukuyang hinihimay-himay ng LTFRB kung ilan na ang mga ruta at sasakyang bumibiyahe sa iba’t-ibang regions para mapagdesisyunan kung ilan at saan pang ruta ang kinakailangang buksan,” she added.

Currently, there are a total of 6,002 units of traditional jeepneys; 900 units of UV Express vehicles; 22,230 units of transport network vehicle service (TNVS); 19,409 units of taxis; and 271 point-to-point buses have been allowed to resume operations. 

Also, over 20 routes have been opened for traditional jeepneys. 

On Monday (July 20), the agency resumed operations in its central office along East Avenue, Quezon after days of temporary closure to give way to disinfection and decontamination efforts against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Transactions remain limited and stakeholders are advised to access the agency’s website to process applications online and to minimize physical contact. 

Procedures which can be made online include:

  • Request for Special Permit
  • Correction of Typographical Errors
  • Request for Confirmation of Units
  • Request for Franchise Verification
  • Request for Issuance or Extension of Provisional Authority
  • Legal concerns

For inquiries, stakeholders may visit the LTFRB’s official Facebook page. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

LTFRB central office closes for a week from July 13 to 17

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The central office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is temporarily closed from July 13 to 17 to give way to disinfection measures after five of its employees tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Nangyari po lahat ‘yan habang mahigpit na sinusunod ng ahensya ang mga public safety protocols (This happened while the agency was strictly imposing public safety protocols),” said LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin B. Delgra III.

Dahil sa sitwasyon ngayon sa tanggapan ng LTFRB, at para sa kaligtasan ng mga empleyado, ang aming mga stakeholders, at ng publiko, napagpasya naming itigil muna ang operasyon ng LTFRB Central Office simula sa Lunes. Hindi pinapayagang pumasok sa opisina ang mga tauhan ng ahensya,” he added.

(Due to the situation now at our central office in LTFRB, and for the protection of our employees, stakeholders and the general public, we decided to temporarily stop the operation of LTFRB Central Office from Monday. All personnel are not allowed to enter the office premises.)

The agency advised the public that transactions relative to the following services will be temporarily deferred:

  • 24/7 Public Assistance Complaints Desk 1342
  • Inquiries on legal matters
  • New Application for CPC
  • Application for Extension of Validity
  • Petition for Dropping and Substitution of Units
  • Petition for Dropping of Units
  • Petition for Installation of Advertising Sign
  • Application for Consolidation of Cases
  • Petition for Change Venue of Registration
  • Petition for Adoption of Trade Name
  • Petition for Storage of Unit Plate
  • Petition for Upgrading/Downgrading of Units
  • Petition for Cancellation of Franchise
  • Petition for Withdrawal of Application
  • Petition for Adoption of Color Scheme
  • Application for Change of Party Applicant
  • Request for Garage and Unit Inspection
  • Surrender of Plates
  • Clearance of Account
  • Assessment of Fees
  • Re- Assessment of Fees
  • Releasing of Assessment of fees
  • Issuance of Special Permit
  • Clearance and Releasing of Impounded Vehicles

Meanwhile, the following services may be transacted online: 

  • Request for Special Permit;
  • Correction of Typographical Error;
  • Request for Confirmation of Unit/s;
  • Request for Franchise Verification;
  • Request for Issuance or Extension Provisional Authority;
  • Legal Concerns/Query on Hearing Schedule, Status

The LTFRB stressed that only its central office located along East Avenue, Quezon City will be temporarily closed.

Affected stakeholders may transact their concerns through the LTFRB-NCR’s Public Transport Online Processing System (PTOPS).

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Traditional jeepney drivers na pumapasada nang walang QR code, huhulihin – LTO

Robie de Guzman   •   July 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang mga kawani ng Land Transportation Office (LTO) na huhulihin nila ang traditional jeepney drivers na pumapasada nang walang naka-paskil na QR code.

Ang QR code ay patunay na kabilang ang isang jeepney unit sa mga pinayagan nang magbalik-operasyon sa gitna ng community quarantine.

Ibinibigay ito sa jeepney driver kung kasama sila sa listahan ng mga operator at driver na pinahintulutang magbalik-pasada. Makikita ang listahang ito sa website at social media account ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“Tini–check namin y’ong QR code na ‘yan ng LTFRB. Na-download na nila, so, ‘yan, naka-display na ngayon sa jeep. Plus y’ong protocol natin: social distancing, thermal, face mask,” ani Retired Col. Rolando Abelardo, ang team leader ng LTO mobile 102 Central Office.

Samantala, limang pampasaherong jeep ang hinuli sa operasyon ng Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) ngayong araw sa Malabon City dahil sa sirang gulong at tail light.

“Basta nag-comply lang siguro sila na makakuha ng QR code and then y’ong sasakyan naman hindi naman nila chineck,” ani Col. Rosenso Borja ng IACT Team Barracuda.

Kaya paalala ng mga otoridad sa mga tsuper ng jeep na tiyaking nasa maayos na kondisyon ang kanilang mga sasakyan bago bumiyahe upang makaiwas sa disgrasya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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