MANILA -- The government assured the public that it is on top of the road safety situation, saying the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is already doing surprise check-ups of bus companies.
“Patuloy na tinututukan ng pamahalaan ang pagiging ligtas ng lahat ng uri ng sasakyang pampubliko, lalong-lalo na ang mga bus at public utility vehicles (PUV), na siyang naglululan ng pinakamaraming mamamayang bumibiyahe sa buong kapuluan,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told radio dzRB.
Commuters are expected to take the road in droves as the summer season approaches.
“Kaya’t pag-iigtingin pa ang pagtiyak sa roadworthiness ng mga sasakyan at kaligtasan ng mga pasahero,” Coloma said, adding that Department of Labor and Employment is also doing its part in ensuring that bus companies are following labor laws for its employees.
Another fatal accident claimed the lives of 14 last Friday when a bus fell into a ravine in Mt. Province. One of the fatalities was comedian Arvin “Tado” Jimenez.
“Napag-alaman na ang nasakunang bus ng (GV) Florida Transit na nahulog sa bangin sa Bontoc, Mountain Province at kung saan nasawi ang 14 na katao ay ‘di awtorisado sa pagbibiyahe nito,” Coloma said.
Amid the spate of road accidents, Malacanang said LTFRB chairman Winstorn Ginez still has the confidence of President Benigno Aquino III that he is doing his job well.
“Wala pa pong isang taon ‘yung paglilingkod ni chairman Ginez. Simula po ‘nung maupo siya ay ginawa naman niya at ginagawa niya ang mga nararapat…Medyo kalabisan ‘yung pagsasabi na walang ginawa o hindi ginagawa ang tungkulin,” Coloma said.