PINK taxis for women and PWD’s officially launched by LTFRB

UNTV News   •   March 12, 2015   •   4394

Some of the PINK taxi units launched by the LTFRB (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – After the launching of the pink jeepneys, UVs and buses in Metro Manila, 60 pink taxis were officially launched by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Wednesday as a part of their Pink4 Project.

“The four “K”, that was [sic] I mentioned a while ago, “K” raised to the fourth, because these sectors of our society have a hard time transporting,” LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said.

Pink taxi will be rendering service to women, youth, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

LTFRB Chairman calls on the attention of operators to cooperate and be a part of this project.

“We are continuously encouraging operators to join this project so that there will not just be 60 units of LBR taxi which are part of this project,” Ginez said.

Actor and TV host Luis “Lucky” Manzano, one of the owners of LBR taxi also arrived at the launching of the pink taxi.

He said that it is just to serve and help the four sectors of our society with this pink project.

“It’s a way of giving back, we have been really blessed. It’s ok to lose some as long as we can help passengers from point A to point B,” Manzano said.

As stated in JAO 2014-01 of LTFRB, officials of LTFRB reminded taxi drivers that there will be appropriate actions for taxi drivers who will not render proper service to passengers.

The launching of pink taxis is in line with the celebration of the International Women’s Month to give priority to women especially the persons with disabilities (PWDs) in public vehicles. (Aiko Miguel /UNTV News)

MMDA: Sevilla bridge to be closed on Aug 10

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong City will be closed to traffic on August 10.

According to MMDA, the “contractor of Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 – Section 2B will move two 180 tonner cranes to be used for the installation of the coping beams.”

The bridge will be closed from 10:00 p.m. and will reopen to traffic at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday (Aug 11).

The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is an 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway starting from Buendia in Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City.

The said project aims to reduce travel time up to 20 minutes from the usual 2 hours.—AAC

Oil price rollback set next week

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

Oil companies are set to implement an oil price rollback starting next week.

According to industry players, there will be a possible P1.20 per liter rollback in diesel prices while P0.50 per liter rollback in gasoline prices.

The rollback is due to the fuel price movement in the world market.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday (Aug 7) prices of auto LPG also dropped by P1.00 per liter.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

QC Court stops implementation of Edsa provincial bus ban

Robie de Guzman   •   August 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A local court has temporarily stopped the implementation of the highly-contested proposal to ban provincial buses from plying Epifanio delos Santos (Edsa).

In an order dated July 31 and released on August 2, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 223 has granted the writ of preliminary injunction filed by 18 transport groups against the scheme.

The QC court said it found “just cause” to stop the ban and schedule the case for hearings.

The court said it needs to hear the side of the defendants of the case – the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) considering that “the matter on hand greatly impacts the welfare of the public.”

The proposed policy of the MMDA and the LTFRB prohibits provincial buses from traversing Edsa to decongest traffic. It also seeks to revoke business permits and shut down the operation of all provincial bus terminals located along Edsa.

The LTFRB also amended last month the routes for provincial buses traveling along the major thoroughfare.

A dry run for the policy is supposed to begin on August 7.

The court notes in its order that these measures would have “far-reaching effects” to the businesses, employees and other contracts of provincial bus companies. It added that the shortened routes would also affect the salary of employees.

“While as a rule, the right to income or earning does not prevail over public welfare, in the instant case since the Court has as yet not been presented with a clear basis or sufficient justification for the issuances, there is no reason to consider these issuances to have priority over the Plaintiffs’ rights as well as those that would suffer from their implementation,” the order read.

The court also asked the MMDA and the LTFRB on why point-to-point (P2P) buses are given privilege of plying Edsa even if their sizes were similar to those of regular buses.

It further said that since the said agencies failed to file a response, “no explanation or study has been presented to this Court to aid the latter in determining whether the provincial buses are indeed the cause of ‘horrendous traffic’ and if their ban and closure of their terminals is the best solution.”

“In view of the absence of any evidence on behalf of the Public Defendants, the evidence provided so far by the Plaintiffs tend to show that indeed, there was abuse in the issuance of the subject LTFRB MC and MMDA Regulation,” the order read.

The court gave the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), which represents the MMDA and the LTFRB, until August 14 to file a response to the case.

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