By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Grace Poe has criticized the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for supposedly implementing orders and policies without consulting the public.
Poe, in a statement on Thursday, took to task the transport regulatory agency for imposing orders despite the apparent lack of consultations.
“The LTFRB seems to be crafting policies and issuances without hearing the side of the PUV operators, drivers and passengers. It doesn’t get the complete picture, the result is a mess,” said Poe, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Services.
“Ipinapaalala natin sa kanila na ang mga pasahero, mananakay at operators at drivers ang dapat sentro ng kanilang mandato — ang mapadali, mapabilis at maging kaaya-aya ang pagbiyahe ng ating mga kababayan (We are reminding them that the passengers, operators and drivers should be the center of thir mandate — to make commuting convenient, fast, and comfortable for our fellowmen),” she added.
Poe said the arbitrary decisions by the LTFRB, and its mother agency Department of Transportation (DOTr), have led to “greater chaos of the already messy traffic situation being endured by the public everyday.”
The senator added that the lack of public consultation also results in either an oversupply or a lack of PUVs in many areas.
She recalled her committee’s hearing last Tuesday on the operation of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), which bared some issues on rationalization of routes and issuance of franchises.
Bus operators lamented the decline in their income since very few passengers use the PITX and instead opt for buses that can bring them to their destination within Metro Manila.