LTFRB: Hiring marshals to ensure PUV compliance to health protocol 'a good idea'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 26) — An official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said having marshals to monitor compliance with health and safety protocols in public utility vehicles is good but raised concerns where to get personnel.

"Maganda yung idea...kung talagang kailangan natin bantayan itong...health violations natin para maiwasan ang pag-spread ng virus," Joel Bolano, head of the LTFRB Technical Division, told CNN Philippines on Wednesday.

[Translation: That would be a good idea...if we really need to keep an eye on health violations to prevent the spread of the virus.]

"Ang nakikita kong problema dito is yung personnel o kung saan manggagaling yung marshals, unless ito po ay concerted efforts ng mga agencies," he added.

[Translation: The problem I see here is the personnel or where will the marshals come from, unless this is a concerted effort of various agencies.]

Bolano pointed out that there are more than 300 routes in Metro Manila alone, with thousands of passenger jeepneys and buses plying those routes.

"It will entail a lot of personnel kung lahat po ng units ay lalagyan natin ng marshal," he told Newsroom Ngayon.

[Translation: It will entail a lot of personnel if all units will have a marshal.]

Bolano, however, raised the idea that volunteers could serve as marshals, including passengers on board.

"Yung nakikita ko dito kahit...yung mga volunteers na mga pasahero din," said Bolano. "Yung mga usual na passenger...yung mga usual na sumasakay sa ating mga pampubliko na sasakyan... Sila na mismo ang magbibigay ng paalala o magsusumbong sa ating mga awtoridad dun sa mga violators."

[Translation: What I see here is...the passengers can volunteer as marshals. The usual passengers who take public transportation. They can remind fellow passengers and report violators to authorities.]