ARTA, LTFRB to fast-track PUV Modernization Program
May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022
In file photo: The NLR77 Class 2 PUV design by Santa Rosa on display at the Philippine Bus and Trucks 2019 expo
The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) in partnership with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), aims to fast-track the implementation of Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), as this is one of the flagship programs of the outgoing administration
ARTA Secretary Jermiah B. Belgica said the anti-red tape watchdog had a face-to-face meeting with government agencies, including the LTFRB, Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). “So in sum, yung objective talaga ng inisyatibo ng ating pangulo, to modernize ang ating modern transport, cuts across hindi lamang yung pagkakaroon o pagbibigay ng bagong sasakyan na gusto natin makita,” Belgica said. “Pero Yung pagkakaroon ng synchronized at maayos na ruta, dami ng sasakyan, para makita po natin kung maayos ba ang pagkakalatag ng ating public transportation,” he added. The anti-red tape watchdog chief also noted that this is the first time that the local government units (LGUs) are being encouraged to participate and craft their respective route plans. In the past, Belgica said, the LTFRB was the sole agency tasked to determine these said routes. The ARTA chief emphasized that they are encouraging the LGUs to participate in order for them to have a say on the local aspect of this matter. “Kung ikaw ay nandito sa NCR, e pati yung mga nasa probinsya gagawan mo ng ruta, dapat yun may boses talaga na maayos ang lokalidad,” Belgica said. “What the DOTr and the LTFRB did is they trained all their LGUs kung paano sila gumawa ng route rationalization plan,” he added. However, Belgica stressed that there had been ‘chokepoints’ because the city planning, municipal planning or the provincial planning, would be the one to draft it together with the consultation of the LTFRB and then submit it for approval, endorsement from the LTFRB which will then be endorsed to the Sangguniang Pambayan, Sangguniang Panlungsod or Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Belgica also emphasized that the said program got delayed and that it already reached the elections due to the piling up of activities. As the ARTA pointed out that the PUV modernization program is one of the flagship programs of the outgoing administration, the anti-red tape watchdog urged the LTFRB to use its power to craft the route rationalization plans for the local government units, which until now, haven’t submitted their route plans. The anti-red tape watchdog chief highlighted that submitting a route rationalization plan is essential to the modernization and securing of franchise among the cooperatives because so far they have only been under a provisional authority. “Mahalaga po yan dahil kung wala ho kayong route rationalization plan, di po maaaprubahan ng bangko yung loan na hinihingi ng mga kooperatiba hindi sila makakapag modernize ng kanilang sasakyan at hindi sila mabibigyan ng prangkisa,” Belgica said. “So it’s sort of a chain reaction but now ARTA is helping sa pagpush nitong modernization program by calling the attention yung mga LGUs, kasi may Oras pa naman, yung mga hindi nagsubmit, ating papadalhan natin sila ng notice to explain o ng show cause order kung kinakailangan,” he added.