LTFRB-7 to LGUs: Expedite completion of public transport route plan

By: Wenilyn B. Sabalo - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | September 27,2022 - 04:52 PM

Here are some units of modernized Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) plying the Talisay City-IT Park route.

CEBU CITY, Philippines — An official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas (LTFRB-7) admitted that the regional agency could not yet set a clear and final target for the full implementation of the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) in the region.

LTFRB-7 director Eduardo Montealto, Jr., said that the failure of some local government units (LGUs) to submit their Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) remains to be one of the major bottlenecks of the project.

“LPTRP g’yod dapat ang mauna tanan kay mao man nay basis,” he told CDN Digital.

The Department Order 2017-011 or the “Omnibus Guidelines on the Planning and Identification of Public Road Transportation Services and Franchise Issuance” of the Department of Transportation requires all LGUs to submit their LPTRP.

This is the first time that the LGUs are directly participating in the crafting of the LPTRP in their own jurisdictions.

The LPTRP, one of the components of the PUVMP, is important because it details route networks, modes, and the required number of units per mode to deliver public land transport services.

The LPTRP is also a requirement before government banks will loan money to consolidated transport groups for the purchase of modern utility vehicle units.

However, based on Montealto’s report during the first of the two-day Cebu City Mobility Summit on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, 72 percent of the LGUs in the region have not yet submitted or are still undergoing evaluation of their LPTRPs.

Cebu City has a 70 percent completion rate with minimal revision.

“This is considering that most routes have to be realigned or rationalized due to the preparation of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit System, which can surely ease congestion and encourage passengers to use mass public transportation on the dedicated route,” he said.

Montealto said the deadline for the submission of the LPTRP by all LGUs should have been in 2019. It was not followed due to various factors.

“Naay election, plus incidental nalang jud tong pandemic pod, mao nay nahimong rason sa tanan,” he said.

“Duna tay gibuhat in 2017 nga capacity building. Pagkahuman ato, naa napo’y election. Paghuman sa election, labi na tong mga nailisan ang mga local chief executives, giilisan pod ang ilang mga city planners and municipal planners. Then sa kadtong sa mga nidaog, pahilom hilom pod ang mga na conduct-an na namo og capacity building. Mao nay nahitabo karon nga usa na sa nakalangan,” he added.

Montealto, however, thanked those governors who have resumed works for the LPTRP formulation.

He said LTFRB 7 wrote to the provinces after numerous cooperatives voiced concern about their loan approval process being delayed while their LGUs’ LPTRPs are not still finalized.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,160 modern public utility vehicles (MPUVs) are now plying various routes in Central Visayas.

A total of 439 of these are deployed in Cebu City; 42 in Mandaue City; 118 in Lapu-Lapu City; 201 in inter-cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu; 344 in Cebu Province, and 16 in Negros Oriental.

These MPUV units are from the 69 transport cooperatives and 30 transport corporations in the region which are consolidated under the government’s PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP).

Montealto reiterated the December 2022 deadline for franchise holders to consolidate or join existing transport cooperatives or corporations to continue to do business.

He also said that individuals operating public transport are given until March 2023 to join juridical entities or those registered cooperatives and corporations.

“Dunay mga individual, mao ng gihatagan nato og motu proprio, nga gihatagn sila og lugway hangtod sa March next year. So, by the time, kung dili g’yod sila maka consolidate, maghulat ta og unsay (advise), kung pwede ba sila i-extend,” he said.

“Ang uban man gud dili na sila gusto mopa consolidate kay mura og sa ilang huna-huna siguro tapuson nalang nila ang lugway and then dili na sila muapil sa business. Ang uban hesitant man gud kay siyempre naay sentimental values nga dugay na sila since sa ilang mga lola ug lolo, hangtod karon mao gihapon. Pero gamay nalang ni sila,” he added.

PUVMP is the government’s response to address the aggravating transport-related problems and the future transportation demands of the country.

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TAGS: Cebu Daily News, Eduardo Montealto, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas, Local Public Transport Route Plan, LPTRP, LTFRB-7, PUV Modernization Program, PUVMP

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