Transport officials provide updates on their respective programs and services and address issues raised by the media.

(IN PHOTO from L-R: DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure BGen. Manuel S. Gonzales, LTFRB Board Member Gen. Antonio N. Gardiola Jr. (Ret.), DOTr OIC-Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mr. Mark Richmund M. De Leon, LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin B. Delgra III, DOTr Secretary Atty. Arthur P. Tugade, LTO Assistant Secretary Gen. Edgar C. Galvante (Ret.), DOTr Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Atty. Garry V. De Guzman, Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Mr. Jay Daniel R. Santiago, DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Reinier Paul R. Yebra, and OTC OIC-Chairman Mr. Medel H. Afalla.)

Quezon City, Philippines– Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra, III shared the latest updates on the several key programs of the agency during the recently concluded Transport Talks, a media briefing organized by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) held on 26 March 2018 at the Bulwagang Edu, Land Transportation Office in Quezon City.

Among the programs and initiatives discussed were the Pantawid Pasada Program (PPP), Public Utility Vehicles Modernization Program (PUVMP), application status of transport cooperatives formed in compliance with the PUVMP, and new franchises opened and granted nationwide.

“As of March 26, 2019 we were able to distribute 99,586 fuel subsidy cards through the Pantawid Pasada Program (PPP). There are about 155,000 printed cards available for distribution and we are trying our best to reach out to those qualified PUJ operators who haven’t received their fuel subsidy yet,” Chairman Delgra explained.

Since PUVMP’s implementation in 2018, around 4,000 authorized units covering 129 routes are now open for franchise. LTFRB committed to setting higher targets for this year with more routes to be opened soon and existing routes to be consolidated with new, modern, and compliant units to be deployed.

“We have conducted a strategic planning last January and instructed each RFROs to increase the number of routes to be opened. Our target for this year is to open at least 2 routes per week in each region,” he added.

The Point-to-Point (P2P) bus system now caters to a total of 37 routes with a total of 321 bus units from the original two (2) routes. An additional 28 new routes have also been opened for franchise applications this year.

Moreover, Chairman Delgra also informed the public that a technical working group (TWG) led by the LTFRB together with the National Wages Productivity Commission (NWPC), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Energy (DOE), Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), and UP National Center for Transportation Studies (U.P. NCTS), drafted a working formula on fare adjustment and was reviewed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

We are awaiting certain data to be submitted from transport groups for us to come up with a final determination on the fare formula,” he said.

LTFRB will also consider the impact of the adjusted fare on commuters in formulating the fees to “balance the interest” of transport groups and the transparent costs commuters will have to pay.

According to DOTr Secretary Atty. Arthur P. Tugade, the agency aims to conduct regular press conferences for transparency, thus will serve as an effective venue to disseminate accurate information to the public.

Media entities present during the press conference were Rappler, Manila Bulletin, Malaya Business Insight, SMNI News Channel, DZRH, Net 25, League Online News, Daily Tribune, DZAR, Inquirer.net, ABS-CBN, Manila Times, GMA 7, Business Mirror, Opinyon, UNTV, DZBB, CNN Philippines, Bloomberg TVPh, and People’s Journal.