LTFRB sets up nationwide 'one-stop' shops to handle PUV concerns

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has set up "one-stop" shops nationwide to help the public transport sector reach out to them.

"Para (lang) maging current tayo sa mga cases and we want to know from the operators kung ano yung mga concerns nila,"  LTFRB Spokesperson Aileen Lizada told CNN Philippines on Tuesday.

[Translation: It's really so that we would be current with the cases and we want to know from the operators what their concerns are.]

The LTFRB said public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators should bring pertinent documents when they visit the agency's offices.

Here's the schedule of the one-stop shops:

  • Public Utility Buses — January 15 to 19
  • Taxis — January 22 to 26
  • Public Utility Jeepneys — January 29 to February 2
  • UV Express / Trucks-for-hire — February 5 to 9
  • School Services / Shuttle Services / Tourist Transport Services — February 12 to 16
  • Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) — February 19 to March 2

Lizada added that aside from franchise issues, drivers and operators may also forward their concerns over the PUV Modernization Program.

Launched in June 2017, the program aims to phase out PUVs over 15 years old and replace these with vehicles with "low-carbon and low-emission technology."

Read: Jeepney modernization program kicks off next month

Jeepney groups are against the program, saying that hundreds of thousands of jeepney drivers and operators could lose their business.

Transport group PISTON said it will hold demonstrations at the LTFRB's offices on January 24 to protest the program.

Read: Jeepney drivers, operators to protest at LTFRB offices on Jan. 24