QC prohibits the use of tricycles as a school transport service

admin   •   June 2, 2016   •   8386

Tricycles form in queue in  a station in Quezon City. (UNTV News)

Tricycles form in queue in a station in Quezon City.
(UNTV News)

The Quezon City government will not allow the use of tricycles as school service this school year.

The city administrator said, other than tricycles are not authorized by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), it is not covered by insurance unlike legitimate school services.

Based on the ordinance, tricycles can only carry three persons and children are prohibited as back riders.

The local government will apprehend anyone who will violate the ordinance and will be fined three thousand to five thousand.

But the local government admits that it is hard for them to identify whether a tricycle is used a school service or just hailed by students, they will just monitor overloading because it is prohibited.

“It’s hard to prove that a tricycle is use as a school service unless there will be a complainant that will tell us if a tricycle is use as a school service,” said City Administrator Aldrin Cuña.

In Quezon City, there are forty thousand tricycles aside from those that are out of line, this is the reason why it is not easy for the local government to monitor all.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB is in favor of the step made by Quezon City.

Because of this, the board will write a letter to all local governments to urge them not to allow the use of tricycles as school services.

“I will request the board if we can send again reminders to all LGUs if they can strictly enforced monitoring on all tricycles because of its involvement in many accidents,” said LTFRB public affairs Arnel Del Rio.

All tricycles in the country are outside the jurisdiction of LTFRB but under the local government units.

(MON JOCSON/UNTV News)

LTFRB mulls resuming operations of provincial buses from Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2020

After six months of temporary suspension due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is now eyeing to resume operations of provincial buses from Metro Manila.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said they are continuously preparing and coordinating with several local governments on the possible return of provincial buses.

However, there are still provinces that continue to ban the entry of travelers from Metro Manila. Delgra said only Antique, Quirino, and Bataan agreed to open its doors to buses coming from Metro Manila.

“Whatever the case may be, we need to closely coordinate with the LGUs concerned because at the end of every trip it is the LGU that will receive and manage passengers in their respective jurisdictions,” he said.

Meanwhile, several local officials recommended a point-to-point scheme for provincial buses. The LTFRB reiterated they will also consider the areas along the route of the buses.

“They are suggesting na parang point to point po iyong pagbi-biyahe,” Delgra said.

Provincial bus operators have been appealing to the government to allow the resumption of their operations even if its on a limited capacity. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

DSWD to utilize new facility for SAP payout in QC

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) plans to tap a new payout facility to hasten distribution of the Social Amelioration Program’s second tranche of cash aid to Quezon City residents.

This, after the DSWD reached out to the Quezon City local government to settle issues over delay in the payout of cash subsidies to many of the SAP beneficiaries in the city.

According to the agency, the delay were often caused by lack of information, particularly the contact numbers of beneficiaries.

“Naipaliwanag sa amin na nahihirapan sila sa pamimigay dahil marami sa mga benepisyaryo ay hindi kumpleto ang impormasyon, gaya ng cellphone number (They said they had difficulties in releasing the cash assistance because of incomplete information on the beneficiaries such as cellphone numbers),” said  Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The new payment facility is expected to hasten the payout process as well as provide manual payout delivery services to recipients who do not have contact numbers for wire transfers.

“Pinaplantsa lang nila ang mga detalye para ito’y agad na maisakatuparan at upang mapakinabangan na ng ating mga residente ang SAP na ipinangako sa kanila ng national government (They are ironing out the details before proceeding so that the residents can finally benefit from SAP which the national government promised to them),” she added.

So far, the city’s Social Services Development Department said only 151,192 beneficiaries have received the second tranche of the cash assistance amounting to P8,000 out of the 377, 584 SAP recipients in the city, 

Once settled, the payout will begin in October.

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Quezon City gov’t taps e-commerce platform to help small businesses

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2020

The Quezon City government has partnered with the online shopping platform, Shopee to provide free registration for the city’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME), the local government announced.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the partnership is part of its move to strengthen its programs supporting small businesses affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We value the economic well-being of our MSMEs in the city as they are our important partners in developing the local economy. With Shopee, we will be able to help more of them survive and continue their businesses despite the ongoing health crisis,” Belmonte said.

The QC government through its Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO) shall screen applicants and endorse qualified MSMEs to Shopee for onboarding and training.

MSMEs may apply provided that they are compliant with the local government business registration requirements.

“We are happy to partner with Quezon City to help their local sellers step up on their digitalization efforts and capture the growing proportion of online-first consumers,” said Martin Yu, associate director of Shopee Philippines.

Interested applicants may get in touch with SBCDPO through their Facebook page.

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