TRO vs. MRT-LRT fare hike, hiniling ng mga mambabatas sa Korte Suprema

UNTV News   •   March 3, 2015   •   2468

FILE PHOTO: Mga pasahero ng MRT (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Dismayado ang ilang mambabatas at labor groups sa ‘di maktwirang taas-pasahe sa MRT at LRT.

Dahil dito, isang petisyon ang inihain nila ngayong Martes sa Korte Suprema upang isyuhan ng temporary restraining order ang fare hike.

Kabilang sa petitioners sina Senador JV Ejercito, 2nd District Parañaque Rep. Gustavo Tambunting, Ang NARS Partylist Rep. Leah Paquiz, Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza, Irwin Tieng at Mariano Michael Vellarde, dating Cavite 3rd District Rep. Crispin “Boying” Remulla, Allan Tanjusay ng Trade Union Congress of the Philippines
(TUCP); Allan Montaño ng Federation of Free Workers (FFW); Leody De Guzman ng Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP); Rene Magtubo, ng Partido Manggagawa (PM); at Annie Geron ng PS Link.

Ayon sa kanila, bigo ang DOTC na makipagkoordinasyon sa Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) upang mag-comply sa publication, notice at hearing requirements sa fare hike.

“Nagkaisa kami sa umagang ito na mag-file na ng TRO sa Korte Suprema upang maitigil ang pagtaas ng presyo ng pasahe ng MRT at LRT, sa amin po hindi makatarungan sa dahilang ang serbisyo ngayon ng MRT ay hindi maganda,” pahayat ni Senador JV Ejercito, isa sa mga petitioner.

Ayon naman kay Parañaque Rep. Gustavo Tambunting, “Ayusin na muna natin ang serbisyo natin, saka na natin singilin ang taong bayan, mahirap na po sila, maliit nga ang sweldo.”

“Walang due process na nangyayari at the same time wala pong basis ang pagtatas nila ng hike ng fare kasi nga po supisyente po yung budget na binigay natin sa kanila,” pahayag pa ni Ang NARS Party-list Rep. Leah Paquiz.

“Pero bakit ho kapag manggagawa humihingi ng dagdag sahod ay dumadaan sa proseso, dumadaan sa wage board, sa prosesong ito at inaabot ng tatlong buwan ngunit pagtaas ng MRT at LRT, ang pagtaas sa pasahe ay sandali lamang at wala sa proseso,” saad naman ni Spokesperson, TUCP Spokesperson Allan Tanjusay.

Kaya naman panawagan nila sa Korte Suprema na idaan ang fare hike ng MRT at LRT sa LTFRB.

Batayan ng mga petitioner ang Executive Order 202, kung saan sinasabing ang LTFRB ang may adjudicatory power upang idetermina,rebyuhin at aprubahan ang pasahe sa public land transportation services ng motorized vehicles.  Nakasaad anila ito sa 2011 LTFRB rules of procedure.

Ayon sa mga ito, hindi marapat na ang DOTC ang siyang nag-aapruba sa MRT-LRT fare increase, dahil wala itong otoridad at mandato na gawin ang naturang hakbang.

Kabilang sa respondents ng petisyon sina LTFRB Chairman Winston M. Ginez, DOTC Secretary Emilio Abaya, MRT 3 Office officer-in-charge Renato San Jose, Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC) at Light Rail Manila Consortium (LRMC) Administrator Honorito Chaneco.

Ayon pa sa mga petitioner, ang responsibilidad na maprotektahan ang ekonomiya laban sa inhustisya ay nababalewala kung ang isang departamento ay nagdedesisyong mag-isa sa pagpapatupad ng fare adjustment. (Bryan De Paz / UNTV News)

DOTr extends free train rides for vaccinated APORs until September 7

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 1, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced it will extend free train rides to vaccinated Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) due to the extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila until September 7.

The free rides will cover the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2), and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) at selected hours.

Free train rides for MRT-3 and LRT -2 will be from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For PNR, it will be from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and 7 p.m. onwards.

A DOTr advisory said that to avail of the free rides, vaccinated APORS who have received either their 1st or 2nd dose of vaccine should present their vaccination card and certificate of APOR status. AAC

LTFRB calls COA report misleading; clarifies 1% utilization rate of service contracting program budget

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Wednesday sought to clarify the findings in the 2020 Commission on Audit (COA) report which stipulated that the Service Contracting Program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and LTFRB utilized only one percent of the allocated budget for the program.

The LTFRB explained that the actual funds were downloaded to the agency only in November 2020 and were distributed to the drivers in December.

The agency stressed that upon receiving the downloaded funds, it immediately implemented the Service Contracting Program “to incentivize Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators who were given permission to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The funds were distributed to the drivers through bank transfers or e-money/wallets of GCASH or PAYMAYA via InstaPay or PESONet.

“Therefore, it is misleading to angle certain reports and columns that only one percent was used from the P5.56-B funds for the Service Contracting Program, where in fact, the one percent utilization rate only covers the implementation month of December 2020, which is also the coverage/extent of the COA report that was released,” it said.

The LTFRB further reported that, as of June 30, 2021, P1.5 billion was released to beneficiary drivers nationwide and for the procurement of Systems Manager, a computer program responsible for the development and management of all project systems.

The LTFRB also said that initial payouts of P4,000 were provided to 23,410 drivers; one-time onboarding incentives of P25,000 were provided to 8,461 drivers; one-time onboarding incentives of P20,000 were provided to 702 drivers; and; 18,864 drivers received their weekly payouts.

Regional Disbursement Breakdown:

NCR: P 899,283,017
Region I : P 30,880,623
Region II: P 22,700,504
Region III: P 66,521,375
Region IV : P 100, 976, 294
Region V: P 961, 133
Region VI: P 57,889,214
Region VII: P 14, 594,682
Region VIII: P 2,122,413
Region IX: P 21,065,854
Region X: P 28,938,937
Region XI: P 17,494,636
Region XII: P 81, 798,612
CARAGA: P 72,533,642
CAR: P 26,635,722

Driver Participants:

Registered Drivers- 70,303
Uploaded Drivers- 50,547
Oriented Drivers- 59, 153
Executed Contracts- 50,068

The statement said that to date, the LTFRB is in close coordination with the Department of Budget and Management for the release of funds amounting to P3.3 Billion on the remaining account payables.

The LTFRB said it is committed to helping the DOTr achieve its goal in improving the public transport system towards the development of long-term solutions in the service of our drivers, operators, and the public in general, especially during this time of the pandemic.

LTFRB defends slow pace of fund release for service contracting program

Maris Federez   •   August 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Atty. Martin Delgra defended the agency’s seemingly slow-paced implementation of the Service Contracting Program, which resulted in the delay of the release of benefits intended for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators.

“Alam din po natin na kahit na sinagad po natin ‘yung programa hanggang June 30, yung pagmomonitor, pagkokolekta ng mga date, pagpeprare ng mga payroll, at saka mga financial documents, hindi po natin maaabot doon sa last day,” Delgra said.

Based on the 2020 Annual Audit Report of the Commission on Audit (COA), the LTFRB has released only about P59.7 million or just one percent of the P5.5 billion budget for the said program.

Read: COA calls out LTFRB for using only 1% of P5.5-B budget for drivers’ assistance

The COA recommended to the LTFRB to review its guidelines and make the process simple for the fast distribution of funds.

The Service Contracting Program was launched under the Bayanihan to Recover as One or the Bayanihan 2 which aimed at providing additional income and incentives to drivers whose livelihood was affected by the pandemic.

The said program also launched the government’s Libreng Sakay which was suspended when the implementation of the Bayanihan 2 ended on June 20, 2021.

LTFRB Financial and Management Division, meanwhile, said that aside from the delayed launching of the program, the late downloading of the budget in November 2020 and the alleged incomplete requirement submitted by some drivers contributed to the slow processing of the release of the initial subsidy.

Delgra said around P1.25 billion or over 26 percent of the total funds was released by the agency upon the extension of the Bayanihan 2 until June 30.

The LTFRB chief also said that they have submitted their request to the Department of Budget and Management to release to them the amount of P3.4 billion to be distributed to the rest of the beneficiaries.

The LTFRB is also awaiting the P3 billion from the 2021 national budget for them to resume the service contracting program this year.

“Ayon na rin po sa guidance ng DBM, yung unspent amount po na as of June 30 on the service contracting program maibalik pero mayroon pong ibabalik ayon dun sa nirequest namin na amount na kailangan naming bayaran dun sa tinatawag nating pending payout po,” Delgra said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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