After lengthy delays, LTFRB vows quicker funds to operators, extra buses alongside EDSA Carousel

MANILA, Philippines — After a fee backlog that some drivers say lasted years, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board vowed to settle its unpaid dues with transport operators and drivers alongside the EDSA Carousel busway.

In a press release issued Monday night, LTFRB chair Cheloy Garafil vowed to proceed fast-tracking the fee course of after she and Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista found what they stated have been backlogs left by the earlier administration. 

To recall, the federal government allotted P7 billion for service contracts beneath the Libreng Sakay program within the EDSA Carousel. Within the busway, although, the federal government forewent P10 million in revenues every day to maintain rides free for commuters. 

“We’ll proceed to expedite funds to our operators within the EDSA Carousel program. After I sat on the LTFRB two weeks in the past, Week 6 of this system had not been paid for at the same time as it was already operating on Week 13,” she stated. 

“I instantly fast-tracked the fee so now, after 2 weeks, we’ve already paid till week 10. We promised that we’ll additional intensify their fee processing in order that the invoice might be up to date by the top of July.”

This contradicts earlier claims by former govt director Tina Cassion, who stated that the fee points confronted by drivers have been already labor points between them and their employers because the LTFRB had already fulfilled its obligations. 

READ: LTFRB says no complaints filed by drivers in ‘Libreng Sakay’ pay dispute

Garafil additionally stated that after a gathering with the 2 consortia working alongside the busway, the latter promised to maximise the deployment of their items throughout rush hours to deal with lengthy queues of passengers and the anticipated return of face-to-face courses in August.

“Primarily based on our report, solely greater than 200 buses are deployed on the busway throughout rush hour from the 440 buses which are speculated to be operating right here,” she stated. 

Garafil added that Transport Secretary Jaime Bautista would research the potential for establishing a busway terminal in Monumento, Caloocan Metropolis — among the many busiest areas for the busway — to have a staging space and relaxation for drivers and commuters.

“This can assist to have sufficient buses and it’ll instantly meet any overcrowding on the stations,” she stated. 

“Different mentioned have been the location of amenities at bus stops to make passengers comfy particularly when it rains, charge adjustment amidst the oil worth hike, different busway customers inflicting accidents and permitting restricted standing throughout rush hour.”


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