LTFRB allows 236 provincial buses to enter Metro

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is now allowing 236 provincial buses from Bicol, Southern Luzon and Visayas to enter Metro Manila from midnight to 4 A.M., Board Member Ariel Inton announced yesterday.

Buses at the Bicol Central Station in Naga City
Buses at the Bicol Central Station in Naga City
Inton admitted that the Board revised the Memorandum Circular that barred the buses from entering Metro Manila because they discovered that the buses do not cause traffic, as they usually arrive in the wee hours of the morning.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda earlier sought a temporary restraining order (TRO) on LTFRB's Memorandum Circular 2014-14, claiming that it lacks empirical basis and imposes undue burden among provincial commuters. He further emphasized that commuters were not given prior notice and consultation.

Salceda's decision was supported by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay which passed a resolution opposing the implementation of the Memorandum Circular.

Fourteen representatives from the Bicol region also signed a resolution seeking for the deferment of the implementation of said circular. They were Reps. Cesar V. Sarmiento, Maria Leonor Gerona-Robredo, Edcel "Grex" B. Lagman, Al Francis C. Bichara, Fernando Gonzalez, Cathy Barcelona-Reyes, Elmer E. Panotes, Felix William Fuentebella, Salvio B. Fortuno, Maria Vida E. Bravo, Elisa "Olga" T. Kho, Evelina G. Escudero, Scott Davies Lanete, and Deogracias B. Ramos, Jr.

The group of solons also said that the circular was issued sans an extensive study, and causes inconvenience and higher costs in transportation, among others.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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