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

UNTV News   •   March 12, 2015   •   4569

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)

PCG saves two PWDs accidentally left behind during evacuation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2020

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have rescued two persons with disability (PWDs) who were “unknowingly left behind” during the evacuation in Agoncillio, Batangas.

The PCG received a call from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) about two persons with mental illness who were unintentionally left by their families during the evacuation.

The two individuals who haven’t eaten in days, were found inside a house. Authorities immediately responded and provided them with food and water.

PCG Spokesperson Capt. Armand Balilo said one of the rescued individuals was locked in a room.

“Ang aming iniisip na baka binabalikan ng mga kamag-anak, pero dahil sa completely hindi na pinapayagan na bumalik sa Agoncillo muna, eh baka ganoon na nga ang nagyari, napabayaan na, (We were thinking that the relatives tried to return for them but since the lockdown in Agoncillo, they were not able to do so),” he said.

Balilo said the rescued individuals already received medical treatment and were turned over to the Regional Emergency Response Team in Cavite.

He also said that the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) will coordinate with the relatives of the individuals.

Meanwhile, rescue and massive relief operations in the affected areas of the Taal eruption continues. Alert level 4 is still raised in the region.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Authorities caught motorcycle riders in Cagayan de Oro operating under Angkas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 7, 2020

Authorities have caught several motorcycle riders operating as taxi service under the ride-hailing app Angkas in Cagayan De Oro City which is outside of the designated Motorcycle Taxi Service Pilot Implementation Study area.

After receiving several complaints, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region 10 office conducted the operation against several units of Angkas. The motorcycles were immediately impounded.

In a Facebook post of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the riders were “reported to have been violating the terms of the MC Taxi Pilot Study guidelines adopted by the Technical Working Group (TWG).”

“Under current transport laws, Motorcycles are strictly prohibited from being utilized as public transportation. The exception now is the ongoing MC Pilot Study program being implemented by the TWG in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu only,” the post reads

Under the law, riders who are operating colorum motorcycles will be fined P6,000.

The pilot test run is still on-going and is expected to be done by March 23, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court was not in favor with the request of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety to suspend operations of other motorcycle taxis.

Based on the court’s decision, the group presented insufficient evidence for the court to provide a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against other motorcycle taxis for hire.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Transport groups seek for Php11 minimum fare on jeepneys

Maris Federez   •   December 27, 2019

Commuters try to board a jeepney in Quezon City, Philippines, 30 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines — Several transport groups will be filing a petition for a minimum fare of Php11 on public utility jeepneys (PUJ).

Pasang Masda president, Obet Martin, said they will file their fare hike petition to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in January alongside the implementation of the third tranche of the excise tax on petroleum products.

Martin said the Php2 increase on the current minimum fare of Php9 is to help jeepney drivers and operators recover from the additional tax on oil products that will be imposed on them.

“Sa akin ay talagang kontrang kontra ang aking damdamin sa pagtataas subalit wala po akong magagawa sapagka’t ang presyo po ng aming ginagamit na panggatong o itong diesel eh tumaas na naman po,” Martin said.

The price hike on petroleum products will take effect on January 1, 2020, in accordance with Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

The fare increase that the group is seeking will further rise to Php12 in case crude prices also further increase.

Pasang Masda, along with other transport groups, will soon be convening to discuss the petition that they will file in January. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

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