Provincial Board Member Winston Arzaga in resolution filed Tuesday is proposing a dialogue with the transport sector in Palawan to extensively discuss and gather information for the development of Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) that will be the basis for the issuance of Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) franchises of the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
On June 19, 2017, a joint memorandum was issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) which sets the guidelines on the preparation and issuance of local ordinances, orders, rules and regulations concerning the LPTRP that will be developed by the local government units.
According to Board Member Arzaga, this is an additional function of the board and the order was issued without prior consultation with the local government units.
He said that with the new order, all PUV operators are required to secure endorsement from provincial board before their application will be acted by the LTFRB.
“Kasi kami hinihingian kami ng parang transport masterplan, so kapag meron kaming ganun, makapag endorse na kami kung sinong tatakbong sasakyan sa ruta na ‘yan,” Arzaga said.
During the 63rd session of the board, a resolution was passed requesting Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez to appoint a “focal person” who will conduct study on the route and the transport system as well as coordinate with the different transport groups in the province.
The memorandum stipulates that the LTFRB will capacitate the LGUs in the development of LPTRP and after which the 6-month period to prepare the LPTRP shall commence.
LPTRP will serve as the basis of a comprehensive local transport plan. It provides a detailed route network, mode, and required number of units per mode of transport.