LTFRB announces major road maps to modernize operation, transport industry

May 24, 2013 10:24 pm 

MANILA, May 24 -– The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is implementing and adopting various initiatives with the support of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to streamline its processes and procedures to enhance its services.

In a press event at LTFRB Friday, chairman Atty. Winston Ginez presented some of the major programs the Board is adopting soon to modernize its operations, enhance the transport industry, and revive the initiative to address colorum PUVs in the country.

“I have better feel of the Board’s operations and regulatory functions now after we reviewed the existing procedures and processes,” Ginez said. “The honeymoon period is now over for me and we are initiating reforms as well introduce new procedures to facilitate processes in line with our drive to enhance our service.”

Initiatives to streamline procedureswith the support of DOTC, LTFRB is systematically reviewing its processes and procedures.

'‘We are doing this to minimize bureaucratic practice and better serve our stakeholders,” Ginez said.

As part of its regulatory function to help reduce accidents on the roads, Ginez said the LTFRB is also standardizing the processes and procedures in the issuance of Preventive Suspension Orders (PSOs) in monitoring the number of violations committed by the operators for purposes of strict imposition of fines and penalties.

“We will continue to impose that fleet-wide suspension for PUV operators involved in accidents resulting in death and physical injuries to ensure only roadworthy PUVs ply on our roads,” Ginez said.

Task Force to handle pending casesGinez said that LTFRB is creating a Task Force to look into various pending cases and resolve them quickly to address the current back log. There are about 8,500 pending cases that need resolutions.

“With my experience as a litigating lawyer, we will find quick resolutions to these cases; we’re forming a team of ‘young and promising’ lawyers to handle and resolve these cases so we can concentrate more on our regulatory functions,” Ginez added.

The Task Force will hear and find resolutions on cases involving New CPC, Extension of Validity of CPC, Sale & Transfer of CPC, Amendment of Route, Consolidation of CPC, Change of Party, among others.

Anti-colorum campaign“As mentioned a month ago when I took my oath of office, one of the things that I will find a resolution, using my expertise as a lawyer, is to get rid or minimize proliferation of colorum PUVs on our roads,” Ginez said.

DOTC is funding a project on the use of technology-based solutions in apprehending colorum PUVs. LTFRB is also establishing an Inspection and Compliance Unit (ICU) that will pro-actively inspect PUVs to ensure they comply with the 2011 Revised Terms and Conditions of CPCs.

LTFRB is also executing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with PNP-NCR and MMDA to help them in apprehending colorum PUVs.

Modernizing LTFRB and the transport industry As part of his marching orders from DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya, Ginez said his team will launch programs to modernize the LTFRB.

“We will take advantage of available technology solution by interconnecting LTFRB with Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) central and regional offices,” Ginez said.

The DOTC is now in the process of selecting the IT service provider for the LTO IT infrastructure project. Once that project is complete, LTO will link it with LTFRB systems so both agencies can share transport information in facilitating application of franchises and other related permits to operate public utility vehicles.

The Board is also constructing new office building and renovating existing building at their Central Office, as well as selected regional offices to better serve the public.

“These are all part of the government’s Kayo ang Boss’ advocacy,” Ginez added.

In modernizing the transport industry, LTFRB will also strictly implementation of the Age Limit Rule for all PUVs.

“We have been instructed by DOTC secretary Abaya to strictly implement the age limit rule allowing buses only with 15 years to register and permit to run in our roads,” Ginez said.

LTFRB will play also crucial role in the government’s plan of limiting the number of provincial buses that will be allowed to enter major thoroughfare, particularly EDSA, through its Integrated Transport Systems (ITS) Project.

In connection with the coming opening of classes next, LTFRB will be conducting inspection of school buses of two private schools, Sacred Heart in Pasig and Assumption College early next week. This is to ensure that operators of these buses comply with the Board’s safety regulations, including the provision of seat belts, door locks, fire extinguisher and first aid kits in their vehicles. (PNA)

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