Transport groups urged to cancel Sept. 30 nationwide strike
Marje Pelayo • September 26, 2019 • 1936
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Wednesday (September 25) called on transport groups to call off their planned nationwide strike scheduled on Monday (September 30).
The massive transport strike will be spearheaded by major transport groups including the Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO) and the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston).
The move is to express their opposition to the proposed phaseout of jeepneys and UV express service vehicles next year in relation to the government’s modernization program of public utility service (PUV).
The LTFRB, in a statement, appealed to the transport groups to “reconsider” their plan “as this will surely inconvenience the riding public and may jeopardize public safety” and reminded them that mass transport strike is “in direct violation of the provisions contained in their franchise ”.
“Those who will participate in the activity may face suspension or even cancellation and revocation of their franchise,” LTFRB said.
Instead of halting operations, the LTFRB urged transport operators and drivers to participate in a dialogue with the government “to discuss pressing issues and concerns” regarding the implementation of the government’s PUV modernization program.
MANILA, Philippines — The consortium of bus operators plying the EDSA Busway system has released a statement belying claims that bus companies participating in the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) free ride program have limited their operations due to non-payment by the government.
The Mega Manila Consortium Corporation (MMCC) assured that their drivers are being paid weekly by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The MMCC also gave clarification to the issue of long lines of passengers waiting for the buses.
The consortium said that according to their member operators, “the long lines of passengers are brought about by the limited passenger capacity on deployed buses as mandated by health protocols to stem the spread of COVID-19 and because many MRT-3 passengers would rather wait in line to avail of our free bus rides.”
On its Facebook post, the DOTr noted the MMCC’s support for its initiative.
“The MMCC likewise reiterated their unequivocal support and commitment to the initiative of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the LTFRB in providing for the transport needs of the commuter amid the prevailing quarantine measures and protocols that are in place, specifically in the affected area of NCR plus,” the DOTs said.
“We are fully supportive of this endeavor of the DOTr as this will be for the benefit and convenience of the public at this time of the pandemic,” the MMCC statement read.
“We understand how integral our role is in making sure that people who need to travel for work or for serving as frontliners have access to public transport and will continue to work with both the government as well as other stakeholders of NCR to ensure the riding public’s interest is given the highest priority,” the MMCC added.
Meanwhile, bus conductors who collect fees during free bus ride operations will be facing sanctions and will be removed from participating in the free bus ride program. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The central office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as well as its regional office in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be closed until April 26.
The announcement was to give way for the swab testing of employees in the said LTFRB offices.
This means no transactions will be entertained in these offices until April 26 except for submission of applications in the receiving section of the agency’s Technical Division.
The public is advised to transact online or forward their concerns through e-mail messaging.
The following are transactions that can be processed online: 1. Request for Special Permit at Correction of Typographical Error: online.td@firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Request for Confirmation of Unit/s at Request for Franchise Verification: email@example.com 3. Request for Issuance or Extension Provisional Authority: firstname.lastname@example.org 4. Legal Concerns/Query (Hearing Schedule and Status): email@example.com 5. Information Systems Management Division (ISMD): firstname.lastname@example.org 6. Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program National Project Management Office (PUVMP-NPMO): email@example.com
For inquiries regarding transactions with LTFRB-NCR, the public may direct their concerns to the agency’s Public Transport Online Processing System (P-TOPS) which can be accessed on the LTFRB’s official website www.ltfrb.gov.ph.
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
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