Probe irregularities in LTFRB Region 10 – solon

A LAWMAKER has called for a congressional inquiry on the alleged illegal activities in the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Region 10.

In House Resolution 2490, Rep. Benjo Benaldo (1st District, Cagayan de Oro city) also denounced what he described as “indiscriminate issuance of franchises to taxis and other public transport vehicles” at the office of LTFRB Region 10 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Benaldo urged the LTFRB office in Manila to take appropriate action on the matter.

Benaldo said he received reports that the LTFRB office in the region is issuing franchises indiscriminately to taxi operators and other public utility vehicles which is an outright violation of Executive Order 202.

“EO 202 mandates the LTFRB to regulate the operation of public utility or for hire vehicles and to grant franchises or certificates of public convenience,” Benaldo said.

Benaldo said the indiscriminate and unwarranted issuance of franchises for public transportation may constitute a violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

“There is a paramount public interest to make the roads and highway in Cagayan de Oro City free from unsafe public transport vehicles as a result of the indiscriminate issuance of public franchises to taxis and other public transport vehicles,” Benaldo said.

“In order to regulate the alarming number of public transport vehicles on the roads, there is a need to revisit the mandate of the LTFRB and review the process of applications and renewal of
franchises,” Benaldo said.

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