LTFRB-6: Operators ready to replace those who are suspended
Transport groups participating in today’s transport strike dismissed warnings made by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) pertaining to the possible suspension or cancelation of franchise permits for those who participate. Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Negros Secretary-General Jessie Ortega characterized the statement by LTFRB-Region VI Director Richard Osmeña as “a tactic in order to strike fear for operators.”
Ortega responded to the allegations by pointing out that suspended or canceled franchise permits would cause problems for the local government. He also noted, a certificate of public convenience, which is provided for firms that oversee public facilities, is a “privilege.”
According to the LTFRB official, “The certificate states: Operators are not allowed to participate in any transport strikes.”
He added, public utility jeepney (PUJ) operations need to stop testing his patience.
Meanwhile, Ortega said there are several compliant PUJ operators that can replace those whose franchises are revoked.
Today’s transport strike is scheduled to take place from 5:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m./DGB, WDJ