LTFRB lauds honest drivers in Cagayan de Oro City for good deeds

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2020   •   1233

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has lauded several honest drivers in Cagayan de Oro City for their good deeds.

LTFRB Region X gives praise to Noel Sug-an, Stephen Louise Tan, and John Samis for returning valuable items left by their passengers.

“Honest drivers seem to be in abundance in Cagayan de Oro City,” according to the LTFRB’s Facebook post.

Sug-an returned a laptop to Mikaela Briones last February 6. Samis called the authorities to return a wallet left by one of his passengers. Meanwhile, Tan returned a cellphone of a passenger he dropped off at Polymedic Medical Plaza last February 20.—AAC

DOTr encourages private motorists to take EDSA busway, MRT-3 amid heavy traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the heavy traffic on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has encouraged private vehicle owners to take public transportation.

In a statement, the department said that taking the EDSA Busway System and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) would help ease the heavy congestion along EDSA.

The DOTr assured that operations of the EDSA Busway System and the MRT-3 remain smooth and travel time is still fast for commuters. From 3 to 4 hours of travel time from Monumento to PITX, it is reduced to 45 minutes to 1 hour, according to the transportation department.

“Ang MRT-3 ay patuloy na nakakapagbibigay ngayon ng mas maganda, mas maayos, at mabilis na serbisyo sa ating mga commuter,” the department said in a statement.

MRT-3 operations would also improve once the massive rehabilitation and maintenance activities are completed by December 2021.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to resume the Service Contracting Program under the regular budget of the national government. This is to provide incentives to PUVs that provide free rides to commuters. AAC

LTFRB to order mandatory use of mobile app Staysafe.ph on public vehicles

Marje Pelayo   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) mulls over imposing the use of StaySafe.PH mobile application as a tool for passenger contact tracing in public utility vehicles (PUV).

Pursuant to LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2021-041 released on June 21 as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), all PUV operators shall, within a 30-day period:

1. Register to StaySafe.ph application and create a personal QR Code;
2. Post the QR Code at the entrance door and inside the PUVs for visibility;
3. Require all passengers to use the QR Code whenever they board and alight the PUV;
4. Make all data collected through the contact tracing app available for the LTFRB in accordance with the provisions of the Data Privacy Act; and
5. Check with StaySafe.ph on collections and use of data collected for contact tracing.

The LTFRB also reminded operators to strictly impose the so-called ‘7 Commandments’ on all public utility vehicles as recommended by health experts:

1) Wearing of face mask and face shield;
2) No talking and no phone call policy;
3) No eating inside the vehicle;
4) Always maintain proper ventilation on all PUVs;
5) Practice regular disinfection;
6) Passengers with symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed to board; and
7) Always observe the physical distancing or “one-seat apart” rule.

The LTFRB stressed that violators of the agency’s policies will face appropriate sanctions to include fines and revocation of Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) or Provisional Authority (PA).

For additional information, the public may call LTFRB 24/7 hotline 1342 or through its email address, pacd@ltfrb.gov.ph.

LTFRB adds 20 more buses to EDSA Busway Carousel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has added 20 more buses to EDSA Busway Carousel.

LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III said this is in response to the long queues brought by the number of passengers wanting to avail of the free ride program launched by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“Dumadami talaga ang pasahero, we have to admit that dahil na rin sa libreng sakay. Kung pagpipiliin po ng pasahero kung saan siya sasakay, sa tren ba na may bayad o sa bus na walang bayad especially along EDSA nakakasiguro ako na pipili tayo doon sa walang bayad,” he said.

(The number of passengers is increasing. We have to admit that this is due to the free rides. If passengers will choose between using the train or the free bus, especially along EDSA, I can assure you they will choose the free ride.)

From the previous 41,000 passengers riding the EDSA Busway Carousel daily, the LTFRB reported that it has increased to 182,000 passengers per day.

The agency is also looking into increasing the capacity per bus to accommodate more passengers and help lessen long queues.

Meanwhile, the DOTr is reviewing the possibility of removing the requirement of wearing face shields in buses as long as the other health and safety protocols will still be followed. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)

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