New LTFRB chair wants to modernize agency


Posted at May 07 2013 12:56 PM | Updated as of May 07 2013 09:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines - New Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board chairman Winston Ginez plans to modernize the agency and streamline its processes in his first 100 days in office.

In an interview on ANC's Headstart, Ginez says the job entails computerizing the agency and making it more accessible to the public.

He says he supports the moratorium on new franchises for passenger buses, which would reduce active units plying the country's main thoroughfares by 20%.

There is an estimated 67,014 franchises or 69,408 units, including buses, PUVs, jeeps and SUVs in the National Capital Region and some 70,970 units including provincial buses plying Metro Manila

Ginez reveals a comprehensive transport system will soon be put in place to help improve traffic conditions in Metro Manila.

"President Aquino is bent on implementing an inter-modal transport system... We will be implementing this already to ease the traffic in Metro Manila," he said.

Ginez took his oath last week as new LTFRB head, on the recommendation of Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya.

The Palace says Ginez' appointment was based on his track record, and not as a reward for having served as a prosecutor in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

A graduate from the San Beda College of Law and class valedictorian, Ginez placed third in the 1995 Bar Exams.