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    Pag-iinspeksyon sa mga pampublikong sasakyan, mas paiigtingin

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

    Nitong Biyernes, February 7, isang bus ng Florida Transit ang nahulog sa bangin sa bahagi ng Bontoc, Mountain Province kung saan ay 14 na buhay ang nabuwis at nasa 32 ang sugatan. Dahil dito hihigpitan na ng DOLE ang pag-i-inspeksyon sa mga bus companies kaugnay pagpapatupad ng labor standards. (UNTV News)

    MANILA, Philippines — Mas hihigpitan na ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ang pagmo-monitor kung sumusunod sa polisiya at labor standard ang mga bus operator ng mga pampublikong sasakyan.

    Ito ang pahayag ni DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz matapos mahulog sa bangin ang isang bus ng Florida Transit sa Bontoc, Mountain Province noong Biyernes na ikinasawi ng labing apat na tao.

    “That really give us a challenge of ensuring that there should be existing monitoring system within the company jointly with the department of labor purposes of ensuring or cracking the validity of certificate of compliance of certificate that we are doing now.”

    Ayon naman sa Malakanyang, magsasagawa ang LTFRB ng mga surprise inspection bukod sa mga regular na inspeksyon sa mga garahe at talyer ng mga kumpanya ng bus.

    Ito ay upang matiyak ang roadworthiness ng mga pampasaherong sasakyan na makapag-biyahe ng ligtas.

    Ipinauubaya naman ng palasyo sa mga mambabatas ang pagsusulong ng batas na higpitan ang parusa sa mga may-ari ng kolorum na bus.

    Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, mabigat na ang parusang pagkansela sa prangkisa ng mga kumpanya ng bus na mapatutunayang lumabag sa batas.

    “You take out their franchise they are not able to operate and that’s the very severe penalty on the bus franchises,” saad nito.

    Inihayag din ng palasyo na mas paiigtingin ngayon ng mga kinauukulang ahensya ng pamahalaan ang pagiinspeksyon sa mga PUV lalo na ngayong nalalapit na bakasyon.

    Kaugnay nito, isang pagpupulong ang ipatatawag ni Pangulong Aquino sa mga kinauukulang ahensya ng pamahalaan kaugnay ng mga aksidente sa kalsada na kinasangkutan ng mga pampublikong sasakyan. (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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    Piston claims strike paralyzed 90% of jeepney operations, LTFRB disagrees

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines – Thousands of drivers and operators of jeepneys have stopped plying their routes, Monday, to participate in a massive transport strike organized by transport group Piston.

    The transport group held various protests in different areas across the country to express their opposition to the government’s plan of replacing old passenger jeepney units with modern ones.

    Some members of the group were reported to have attempted to block other jeepney drivers to urge them to participate in the transport strike.

    The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) immediately responded and went to areas with such incidents.

    “It’s not right that you will force them to stop their operations. Even in Aurora, they were blocking the roads with their flags. It’s like they were doing checkpoints on the middle of the road. If you say freedom of speech, a driver also has a freedom to earn their living. You should not coerce them, or threaten them,” LTFRB spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada said.

    Based on the initial report of Piston, its nationwide transport strike was able to paralyze 90% of jeepney transport in the country.

    However, the LTFRB contradicted Piston’s figures, noting that of the 10-million jeepney passengers daily, only 1,000 have been affected by the strike.

    Piston insists it will continue to hold more protests if the government will still refuse to listen to their demands.

    The group also claims it will never be terrified, although the government suspends all classes and work in the entire country every time they hold a massive transport strike.

    “Until they revise the framework, we will not withdraw… they thought we will soon be disinclined to hold protests. But we became more persistent in conducting this,” Piston president, George San Mateo said.

    Meanwhile, LTFRB has filed a complaint before the Quezon City Prosecutors Office against San Mateo over the group’s first transport strike last February.

    “In this, we will consult the board, and if need be to file another criminal case against George San Mateo. If they say they are against modernization, why do legit transport groups and leaders are not part of their protest? Many of Piston’s members now are from the labor sector,” Lizada said.

    Malacañang, meanwhile, said it will not be moved by the series of protests and vows to continue the implementation of the Jeepney Modernization Program.

    Abella assured that the government has prepared contingency plans to assist commuters affected by the two-day nationwide transport strike. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue


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    Malacañang suspends classes, gov’t work due to 2-day nationwide transport strike

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Sunday, October 15th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — The transport group, Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) was undeterred by a pending complaint against their leader, George San Mateo, for violating Commonwealth Act 146 or Public Service Law that was initially filed by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for the transport strike the group held last February that affected a lot of passengers.

    On Monday, the group will begin their two-day nationwide transport strike opposing the government’s jeepney modernization program.

    To avoid inconveniencing passengers, Malacañang has suspended work in government offices and classes in all private and public schools nationwide on Monday.

    Even the Supreme Court, House of Representative and the Senate also declared work suspension.

    The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) prepared 41 buses and trucks to provide free rides. Some private buses are also on standby.

    “There are six staging areas, with government vehicles for libreng-sakay and private buses non-aircon 10, Aircon 12 will be stationed,” said LTFRB Spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada.

    Meanwhile, the MMDA also suspended the number coding scheme implementation today on all public and private vehicles. This is to give opportunity to all motorists to travel and not be inconvenienced by the transport strike.

    The LTFRB gave another warning to remove the franchise of all drivers and operators participating in the transport strike. — Mirasol Abogadil | UNTV News & Rescue


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    LTFRB defers decision over petition for P2 jeepney fare hike

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has begun the hearing on the petition of some transport groups for a 10- peso minimum fare in jeepneys.

    However, the LTFRB postponed the release of a decision on the said request due to the lack of documents and evidence that would support the petition.

    The LTFRB board will summon first some commuter groups to consider their position regarding the matter.

    However, the transport groups want to implement the fare hike at the soonest possible time, as opposed to the calls of some to enforce first the modernization of jeepneys before increasing its minimum fare.

    “For now, operators are taking seriously the increase in the prices of spare parts. We are taking seriously the increase in fuel prices. In terms of the modernization, we will no longer be noticed even if we increase fares because of the spare parts because these are already brand new,” said Pasang Masda president, Obet Martin.

    “We don’t need to wait for the modernization for this. We need to consider the attending circumstances for the current issues notwithstanding the pending modernization,” said LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada.

    Some transport groups are complaining that jeepney drivers are earning only P200 daily.

    The LTFRB set the next hearing on the jeepney fare hike petition on the 24th of October.

    Meanwhile, transport groups Pasang Masda, Fejodap, LTOP, ALTODAP and Acto denied the statement of George San Mateo of Piston, that they will join in the massive transport strike on the 16th and 17th of this month.

     The transport groups maintained that they will not join the said transport strike as they support the jeepney modernization program of the government. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue


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