Alvarez wants to merge LTO and LTFRB

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 28 2017 04:55 PM

MANILA -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants to merge the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) into one agency to simplify transportation law enforcement.

Alvarez filed a bill dubbed as the proposed "Land Transport Act of 2017" which aims to create a "Land Transportation Authority" to lessen the confusion on which agency is tasked to maintain land transportation laws in the country.

The proposed office shall have a chairman and 4 board members and will remain under the Department of Transportation.

"Mas maganda kung isang Land Transportation Authority na lang tayo upang sa ganun ay namo-monitor diretso 'yung mga nabibigyan ng prangkisa," Alvarez told ABS-CBN News.

Under the current set-up, both agencies implement transportation laws; however, only the LTFRB can issue franchises to public utility vehicles.

The bill also seeks to require all public utility vehicle operators to secure congressional franchises before operating; and covers the accreditation of transportation network companies.

Leo Gonzales, a spokesperson for Grab Philippines, said they are reviewing Alvarez's proposal and are looking forward to discussing the measure.

"Rest assured, we will use our continuously evolving technology to work with the government in promoting the welfare of the riding public. We look forward to being actively involved in discussions related to this proposed measure," he said.

LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada, meanwhile, has declined to comment pending further study of the proposal.