Piston to hold transport strike on Monday

admin   •   March 15, 2018   •   3372

FILE PHOTO: Some members of PISTON or the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide staging a protest about the changing of plates. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — The Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (PISTON) will once again voice out their objection to the government’s jeepney modernization program through a transport strike on Monday.

“Pekeng modernisasyon ni Duterte! Tutulan! Labanan!” Piston protested.

(Stop Duterte’s fake modernization!)

One of their arguments is the high price of new units which will cost from P1.6 to P1.8 million.

They also pointed out that the government and the manufacturers are not ready to replace the 180,000 to 200,000  jeepney units in the country.

“So talagang kitang-kita po natin malaking negosyo po itong modernization program,” said Piston national president George San Mateo.

(So it’s obvious that this modernization program is just one big business.)

San Mateo said that they will have five rally centers in Metro Manila to be set up in Monumento in Caloocan, Bayan-Novaliches, Alabang-Viaduck, Anda Circle in Manila and in Cubao.

This is aside from the different areas in nearby provinces.

Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) board member Aileen Lizada said they are ready to deploy vehicles to assist passengers who will be affected by the strike.

She added that the modernization will continue for the benefit of the public and for those in the transport sector to comply with the Clean Air Act.

“Uulitin namin wala pong phase-out ng jeepney as a denomination. Ang inaayos po natin dito ay anong klaseng jeepney ang ilalagay natin sa daanan,” said Lizada. 

(We repeat, there is no phase out of jeepneys as a denomination. What we are trying to arrange is the type of jeepney that will be  allowed on the road.)   — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue


43 illegally operating vehicles, impounded in NCR under anti-colorum drive — LTFRB

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has reported that 43 private vehicles have been impounded during the agency’s anti-colorum drive.

LTFRB Executive Director Joel Bolano on Friday (April 16) reported that as of April 12, 43 units have been impounded for unauthorized operations.

He also reminded the public not to hire services from colorum units especially if the implemented health and safety protocols are not followed.

Huwag pumatol sa mga colorum. Hindi po nasusunod ang ating health protocols. Baka sa kagustuhan po nating makauwi, iyong pasalubong na ating maiwuuwi ay virus. Wala rin po silang insurance na pwedeng sumagot. Ang mga public utility ay mayroon passenger accident insurance. Sana po sundan natin ang mga patakaran pagdating sa public transport (Let us not hire colorum units. They may not be following health protocols. Due to our desire to go home, we might bring home the virus instead. [These colorum] also do not have any insurance. Our public utility has what we call passenger accident insurance. I hope we follow the rules when it comes to public transport),he said.

Meanwhile, the agency admits there is a challenge in monitoring PUVs when it comes to following the 50% limited capacity.

Bolano said they are coordinating with various government agencies to make sure health protocols, as well as limited capacity in public transport, are implemented. AAC

Additional 195 routes for provincial buses to open April 15 — LTFRB

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that 195 routes in different parts of the country are set to open on Thursday (April 15) for the operation of 2,665 provincial public utility buses (PUBs).

This is in compliance with Memorandum Circular No. 2021-023 issued by the LTFRB and to uphold the mandate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of providing convenient travel to the riding public.

Such a move is expected to minimize or fully stop the operation of out-of-line or “colorum” vehicles which the DOTr sees as among the main contributors to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to different parts of the country.

Though the LTFRB announced these new routes, protocols will still depend on the restrictions and requirements imposed by respective local government units (LGUs) particularly the decision to open their borders to public vehicles coming from other LGUs.

To check the additional routes, click this link.

Roadworthy provincial buses may operate if they have a valid personal passenger insurance policy in the new routes.

Vehicles allowed in the new routes are those with a QR code from LTFRB which must be printed and displayed in the bus unit.

QR Codes can be downloaded from the LTFRB’s official website www.ltfrb.gov.ph.

3 vehicles impounded in intensified anti-colorum operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Three vehicles were impounded during an anti-colorum operation of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) on Thursday (April 8).

Authorities conducted the operation in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

The three vehicles impounded were two shuttle vans and one jeepney – all operating illegally for not having special permits.

“The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) is enhancing its anti-colorum activities as illegal transport activities pose health hazards and increased virus transmission during community quarantine season,” according to I-ACT.

Last week, an LTFRB-led operation had apprehended colorum vehicles and trucks which were used to transport civilians amid the travel restrictions imposed during the quarantine period.

Seventy-nine passengers of the said apprehended vehicles s were found out to be positive of the COVID-19 virus.

I-ACT said it will increase its road inspections especially its anti-colorum operations as a response to the increasing illegal transport activities in the region. -AAC


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