VIGAN CITY– We are gathering data and working on document requirements to help these colorum PUV owners to legalize their trade.
This was stressed by Ilocos Sur Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member (SPM) Mildred Elaydo, Chairman of the Committee on Transportation, Senior Citizens and PWDs (Persons With Disability) to queries on the never-ending issue of colorum and illegal Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) still operating in the province, during a media forum held at the provincial capitol this weekend.
“It is very sad to note that these colorum operators were victimized by fixers and their vehicle registrations went directly to an illegal computer data base at the LTFRB main office in Manila which was shut closed when President Duterte ordered to curb out all irregularities or anomalies in the different government agencies,” she said.
Her committee discovered this irregularity during a public hearing and said they (colorum operators) were victims of this wrong practice.
“Since the moratorium in getting franchise has been lifted, we are now busy producing the necessary requirements for submission to Gov. Ryan Singson which will be used to support the provincial government’s request for the LTFRB to grant franchise to these colorums in view of the agency’s issuance of new omnibus franchise guidelines,” she said.
She also said that she just submitted a resolution calendared to be discussed in the next session entitled “Adopting A Local Public Transport Route Plan” for the province which includes the operators’ request asking for an additional 100 franchises for PUVs to cover the length from Tagudin to Sinait.
She has also requested the assistance of the Department of Public Works and Highways to conduct monitoring activities on the bulk of vehicles plying the national highways in both the 1st and 2nd districts of the province as additional back-up requirement.
“I have requested also the regional LTFRB to come to our province so they can explain to us the new franchising guidelines, but they said they are still waiting for the new circulars regarding the matter. So we have to be patient because my committee is working hard to help these colorum PUV operators,” she said.
She also stressed that the deputization of policemen previously apprehending these colorum PUVs have been cancelled pending her request with the LTFRB to re-deputize the PNP to do such duties.
“But the LTFRB said it will conduct first more training to these policemen (2 police officers per LGU including the chief of police) so they can perform their duties well,” she added. (Edward B. Antonio)