Panibagong fare matrix para sa mga pampasaherong sasakyan, pinag-aaralan ng DOTC

admin   •   May 6, 2013   •   4768

FILE PHOTO: Isang pampasaherong jeep (RAYMOND BALA LACSA / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Isang pampasaherong jeep (RAYMOND BALA LACSA / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Nakatakdang gumawa ng panibagong fare matrix ang Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) para sa mga pampasaherong sasakyan sa buong bansa.

Ayon kay DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, ang fare matrix ay ibabatay sa magiging halaga ng produktong petrolyo na nababago halos kada linggo.

Kasama rin sa pagbabatayan ang halaga ng operating maintenance cost o ang mga nabibiling piyesa at parte ng mga sasakyan gaya ng gulong, spark plug, brake fluid at iba pa.

Ayon naman sa Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), magiging mahirap ang pagsasagawa ng bagong fare matrix dahil marami ang dapat isaalang-alang.

Sa pagtaya ng ahensya, posibleng abutin ng tatlong buwan bago makumpleto ang pagbalangkas sa bagong fare matrix. (Mon Jocson & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

LTO refutes COA report of license plate backlogs from 2014 to 2020

Maris Federez   •   August 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Audit (COA) reported in its 2020 Annual Audit Report that more than eight million motorcycle plates dating back from 2014 to 2020 remained undistributed.

The report also said that from 2015 to 2020, 2.6 million motor vehicles still need replacements of their license plates.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO), however, said the agency has already taken measures to address the issue and has, in fact, reduced the backlog.

“I think nung ginawa yon, medyo audit ng much earlier dates yon eh. Kaya mayroon nang pagbabago doon. Kaya siguro yung 8 million na yon, na-reduce na. Para i-explain din namin kung ano na yung nai-comply namin out of that,” LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvantez said.

“But again, we honor the report of COA and we’ll attend to the issues that have been pointed out in that report,” he added.

Asec. Galvantez said one of the problems they encounter is the funding to be used for the production of replacement license plates based on the new measurement implemented in 2018.

The LTO has also released a statement on Friday afternoon to further clarify the issue.

It said that the contract in question was signed in 2014 between the then Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and PPI-JKG Philippines, Inc. (PPI-JKG) for the delivery of 5.2 million pairs of Motor Vehicle (MV) plates and 9.9 million pieces of motorcycle plates, to supply the LTO license plate requirements up to 2017.

The LTO said that out of the deliverables, over 4 million pairs of MV plates and more than 7.2 million pieces of MC plates were undelivered.

In 2015, LTO’s payment to the PPI-JKG was disallowed by COA which resulted in the suspension of the payment to the supplier which, in turn, led to the stoppage of the production and delivery of the license plates from the LTO.

The agency added that due to the disallowance, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order on the distribution of the produced plates following scrutiny by several lawmakers.

The statement further said that the Duterte administration was confronted with the production and distribution backlog of millions of license plates when it took over in 2016.

DOTr granted the request of the LTO to acquire funds for a new contract for the production of license plates while waiting for the resolution on the COA disallowance of the previous contract.

It was in 2018 when the Notice of Disallowance was lifted. In the same year, the agency started the rehabilitation of the LTO Plate Making Plant that expedited the production of license plates that used to be outsourced.

It was also in the same year that the DOTr-LTO started the release of motor vehicle plates registered in July 2016.

Currently, the statement said, the LTO, continues to prevent a recurrence of backlogs in the issuance of MV license plates and MC plates.

In its latest data, LTO recorded a total of 3,940,705 pairs of motor vehicle plates produced as of 10 August 2021.

For motorcycle plates, LTO’s latest record shows that as of 10 August 2021, a total of 6,019,150 pieces were produced by the agency from 2014. Of this number, 3,649,114 were produced from 2018 featuring the new design of MC plates.

The LTO further said that the reported backlog in the production of plates is due in large part to the lack of budget of the LTO.

From the budget it requested for 2020 amounting to PhP1,869,274,000, only PhP696,747,000 was granted.

And for the budget that the agency requested for 2021 of PhP3,574,755,000, only PhP925,412,000 was allocated.

The LTO stressed that out of this allocation, only PhP 736,747,000 was actually released to the agency which, it said, would only be sufficient to supply the license plates for the calendar year 2021, and not the backlog.

To date, the LTO has requested a budget allocation of PhP2,616,364,198.17 for the calendar year 2022 so that the agency can meet the demand to produce 16 million license plates by June 30, 2022.

The agency assured that the current LTO administration is doing everything it can to address all the MC and MV plate backlogs. —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr.)

Gatchalian urges LTFRB to review Grab PH fare matrix

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is asking the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to re-assess the fare matrix of ride-hailing company Grab Philippines amid reports of sudden price surge.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Gatchalian said he wants to see a logical basis why the ride-hailing firm imposes such high fare rates and for the LTFRB “to make sure rules on price surging is being followed.”

“The high fare is killing the festive mood of many Filipino commuters. We don’t want to let Grab play the Grinch who stole Christmas from Juan de la Cruz because of high fare,” he said.

The LTFRB in August approved the fare matrix, which allows Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) companies to charge a flag down rate of up to P40 for car sedans, up to P50 for premium sport utility vehicles (SUV), and up to P30 for hatchbacks or sub-compact vehicles.  

The Board also allowed a P15 additional charge per kilometer for sedans, P18 for SUVs, and P13 for hatchbacks, aside from the P2 charge per minute of travel. It also allowed TNVS firms to double their per kilometer and per minute charge through surge pricing.

The lawmaker noted Grab’s earlier explanation that it is currently working on a “very limited number of drivers to serve exponentially high demand.”

But Gatchalian wants the company to explain why it has imposed surge pricing “even in the wee hours of the morning when the demand is low and there are fewer vehicles on the road.”

In view of this issue, Gatchalian cited the importance of having real competition in the ride-hailing industry to force Grab to lower its rate and provide more options for commuters.

“Without competition in the hail-riding industry, our poor commuters will always be at the mercy of high fares,” he said.

Graft charges filed vs. ex-DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, 30 others

UNTV News   •   October 23, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The lawyers of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) filed a graft complaint before the office of the Ombudsman against former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and several other former officials of the said agency.

The complaint stemmed from the alleged anomalous contract they entered into for the maintenance of the Metro Rail Transit or MRT-3.

Among those included in the complaint are former DOTC Undersecretary for Operations Erwin Lopez, Undersecretary for Planning and Head Negotiating team Rene Limcauco, Undersecretary for Procurement and Administration Catherine Jennifer Gonzales, former Assistant Secretary for Bids and Awards Committee Camille Alcaraz, former MRT-3 General Manager Roman Buenafe, and several officials of the Busan Universal Rails Incorporated (BURI).

Based on the 29-page complaint, the DOTr questioned the alleged P3.81-billion contract the then DOTC entered into with BURI, when in fact, the company if should had negotiated with was the Busan Joint Venture.

DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Reiner Yebra explains it is a clear violation of the Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act since the two companies are different.

“The Busan Joint Venture participated in the public bidding and it was whom the contract was awarded to however now, as presently, instead of forming a joint venture required by law what they did was they formed a special purpose company called BURI, we felt that in itself is anomalous or something irregular,” Yerba said.

The DOTr officials want Abaya and his co-accused explain why they entered such a transaction.

In a text message, Abaya said he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint but argued the contract they entered with BURI is in accordance with the procurement law.

Meanwhile, former MRT General Manager Roman Buenafe and BURI refused to give their sides regarding the allegations stated in the said complaint. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue


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