Transport groups urged to cancel Sept. 30 nationwide strike

Marje Pelayo   •   September 26, 2019   •   857

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.

DOTr clarifies: PUV Modernization will push through

Marje Pelayo   •   November 21, 2019

(L-R) DOTr Sec. Arthur P. Tugade and a fleet of modernized jeepney units

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified that it is not holding off the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).

In a statement released Wednesday (November 20), the agency rectified earlier reports that it has plans to defer the said program following the Senate deliberation on the Department’s P147-billion proposed budget for 2020.

Walang sinabi ang DOTr na hindi nito itutuloy ang pagpapatupad ng PUV Modernization Program, (The DOTr did not say that it is dropping the implementation of the PUV Modernization Program),” the DOTr said in a statement.

The agency explained that what transpired during the Senate deliberation was a condition in case operators of old PUV units fail to modermize their units come July 2020.

“Ang nabanggit ay kung sakali mang mabigo ang mga operator ng mga lumang jeepney na mag-modernize ng kanilang mga unit pagsapit ng Hulyo 2020, pansamantala ay pahihintulutan muna sila ng DOTr na makapamasada sa kondisyong papasa ang kanilang mga lumang unit sa roadworthiness test sa ilalim ng technology-based Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS), na walang human intervention,” the DOTr clarified.

(What was said was, in case operators of old jeepney units fail to modernize their units until July 2020, the DOTr will allow them to operate temporarily with their old units provided that their old units pass the road-worthiness test under the technology-based Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS), without any human intervention.)

If they pass the MVIS, the Department said, “the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will grant them Provisional Authority (PA) valid for one year only, as they need to undergo road worthiness check via MVIS every year as well.”

To secure a PA, PUV operators need to submit a petition for consolidation on or before June 30, 2020 including a petition expressing their intention to join the PUVMP.

If they fail to submit on deadline, the “prior operator rule” will lapse and their franchise will be given to cooperatives who are PUVMP compliant.

“Oras na may PUVMP-compliant na kooperatiba o korporasyon na ang mabigyan ng prangkisa sa rutang tinatakbuhan ng lumang jeepney, automatic na makakansela na ang PA na ibinigay ditto,” the DOTr stressed.

(Once the franchise line is given to PUVMP-compliant cooperative or corporation, the PA granted to old units will be automatically cancelled.)

The DOTr remains firm that the PUVMP, a directive by President Rodrigo Duterte himself, is necessary to ensure the safety of commuters as the modernized jeepney units are equipped with safety features and designs in protection and convenience not just of the commuters but of the drivers as well.

Likewise, the program aims to curb pollution and to improve the income and livelihood of operators and drivers in the country.

LTFRB opens application for special permits of P2P buses for SEA Games

Robie de Guzman   •   November 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Applications for special permits of point-to-point (P2P) buses to shuttle participants across venues of the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is now being accepted, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said.

In an advisory issued Wednesday, Nov. 12, the LTRB said the application is open to units covering routes with drop off points on different SEA Games sporting venues.

The following routes are open for the application of special permits:

• Cubao – Angeles Pampanga (Auf Gym, Deca Clark Park, Pradera Verde), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• Cubao – Mabalacat (Clark New Group City), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• Cubao – San Fernando Pampanga (Laus Group Event Center), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• Cubao – Capas Tarlac (New Clark City Athletic Stadium), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• Cubao – Subic, Olongapo (Subic Bay Yacht Club, Sbeec, Malawan Park), Phil Ippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX – Angeles, Pampanga (Auf Gym, Deca Clerk Water Park, Pradera Verde), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX – Mabalacat (Clark New Global City), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX – San Fernando Pampanga (Laus Group Event Center), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX – Capas, Tarlac (New Clark City Athletic Stadium), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX- Subic, Olongapo (Auf Gym, Deca Clark Water Park, Pradera Verde), Philippine Arena via NLEX

• PITX- Calatagan, Batangas (Miguel Romero Sports Club) – November 24 to December 10 only

• PITX – Imus, Cavite (Vermosa Sports Hub) – December 2 to 5 only

• PITX – Tagaytay (Tagaytay Centrum) – December 5 to 10 only

• PITX – Sta. Rosa, Biñan, Laguna (Sta. Rosa Sports Complex, Biñan sport Complex) – November. 28 to December 2 only

• PITX – Los Baños, Laguna (Los Baños Centro Mall) December 3 to 9 only

To qualify for the special permit, a bus operator must submit to the board the necessary requirements including the latest registration (OR & CR), and updated personal passenger route.

The LTFRB said only 25 percent of the total authorized units per franchise is allowed, units applied should not be more than 10 years old from the date of manufacture, and the certificate of public convenience of the units should be valid during the period covered in the special permit.

Once approved, the LTFRB said the special permit will be valid from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

Buses with approved special permits for northbound routes are required to serve the route going to the Philippine Arena in Bulacan during the opening of the SEA Games on Nov. 30, the agency said.

Thousands of athletes and coaches, dignitaries, and spectators are expected to participate and watch the games to be hosted by the Philippines. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

LTFRB calls on TNVS online applicants to complete process before Nov. 15

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced a final call to all transportation network vehicle service (TNVS) applicants who registered online but did not pursue their application to officially lodge their applications until November 15 (Friday).

According to LTFRB, there were at least 4,499 online applications that remain pending from the 10,000 slots the agency opened in June and 5,000 slots it opened in July.

To proceed with the applications, the LTFRB calls on applicants to adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Only those with complete details and information submitted via on-line registration will be accepted for filing of the application;
  2. The units subject of application must not be more than three (3) years old at the time of filing;
  3. Only the applicant is allowed to file. In case of applicant’s absence, his/her direct ascendant/descendant or spouse is allowed to represent applicant, provided they are authorized through a Special Power of Attorney (SPA), with valid Government-issued ID of both applicant and representative;
  4. Provisional Authority (PA) will be issued upon acceptance of the application.

The agency said that all applications submitted after the deadline will be considered null and void.

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