Palace to meet LTFRB, MMDA over conflicting policies

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

MALACANANG will intervene to settle the conflicting position of two state agencies in handling colorum trucks and allowing provincial buses to pass through again Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (Edsa).

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras is spearheading a meeting this week to get inputs from Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regarding the issue.

"Magkakaroon ng pagpupulong sa loob ng linggong ito na ang mangunguna ay ang Cabinet secretary para kuhanin ang input ng iba’t ibang mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan at humanap ng common ground na pwedeng pagbatayan ng isang katanggap-tanggap na course of action," he said.

"Iginagalang natin iyong mga pananaw na nailahad na tungkol dito at nananawagan tayo sa lahat ng mga sangkot dito na ilagay iyong kapakanan ng mga mamamayan sa pinakamataas na antas ng konsiderasyon para matukoy ang mga problemang kinakaharap natin sa kasalukuyan," Coloma added.

The LTFRB has issued the new "no apprehension policy" for colorum or illegal trucks as well as an order allowing provincial buses to once again pass through Edsa.

Metro Manila mayors and the MMDA are blaming the LTFRB over the severe traffic congestion in the city.

Coloma, however, said that the LTFRB and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) were doing everything possible to fix Metro Manila's traffic condition.

He said the LTFRB's policies must be studied along with the proposals of other stakeholders to find the best solution to the problem.

The LTFRB has defended its decision to allow illegal trucks to operate in Metro Manila, saying that banning them would have a negative impact on the economy. (SDR/Sunnex)

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