MANILA - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is requesting the city government of Makati to secure the required special permit to continue offering free bus service for passengers from Quezon City to Ayala Avenue.
The Board sent a letter on Wednesday to the office of Makati City Mayor Jejomar ‘Jun-Jun’ Binay Jr., asking him to submit all documentary requirements for the permit.
“The Board may issue a special permit for a non-extendible period of three months from the date of issuance,” the letter signed by LTFRB Board member, Engr. Ronald F. Corpus, stated.
Corpus added in the letter that should the city decide to extend its services for more than three months, they need to submit a request for an extension of the authority to use transport services to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) assistant secretary of planning.
In order to get the special permit, the city government must submit four copies of a verified petition, original and copy of any valid government identification card of the authorized representative of Makati City, and copies of the official receipt (OR) and certificate of registration (CR) of the two buses and four coasters being used for the service.
The city should also submit to LTFRB the original copy of the Personal Accident Liability Insurance issued by an LTFRB-accredited insurance group, and the original copy of Sangguniang Panglungsod Resolution authorizing the City to offer the public bus service, particularly for MRT passengers, from Quezon City to Makati City.
“We encourage the participation and cooperation of LGUs and other non-government sectors in helping solve the worsening traffic condition in the metropolis,” LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez said.
He added that while the Board appreciates the free service provided by the City of Makati, they also believe that there should be proper coordination in securing a valid bus permit to protect the riding public in case of an accident.
Under Section 13 of the Public Service Law, the LTFRB has the jurisdiction, supervision, and control over all public services and their franchises, equipment, and other properties, and has the necessary powers, including security assistance.
All public services owned or operated by government entities or government-owned or controlled corporations shall be regulated by the Board in the same way as privately-owned public services.
Ginez said that the Board will swiftly act to process the city's application for a special permit as soon as they receive the required documents.
“The Board shares the City of Makati’s aim of helping pubic commuters efficiently and conveniently reach their destinations but the public transport mode should be within the bounds of the Public Service Law,” Ginez said.