Tagum City – To present the on-going comprehensive transportation plan, the City Transport and Franchising Regulatory Board (CTFRB) on Tuesday, January 11, called a meeting to discuss the said plan that is being drafted years prior to the pandemic that their chair says is “the permanent solution to passenger’s complaints against erring drivers”.
The Local Public Transportation Route Plan (LPTRP) is in accordance to the Joint Memorandum Circular no. 1 series of 2017 of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) that mandates the creation of guidelines for planning and identifying of public road transportation services and franchise issuance. Since 2018, the City Government of Tagum drafted two versions of the plan and both were carefully reviewed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board XI (LTFRB).
The plan includes 8 routes of which some existing routes are realigned; developmental route that covers six barangays, Liboganon-Cuambogan, Madaum-Public Market, Pagsabangan-Lower Apokon, San Miguel-San Agustin, La Filipina-Magugpo East, Apokon-Visayan, and Mankilam-San Miguel.
This breakthrough initiative is under the EAGLE WINGS development agenda of the Rellon administration — Infrastructure, Transportation, and Communication Development.
The CTFRB and the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) reiterate that tricycle drivers will not be displaced but some will migrate to the new public vehicle called FilCab. After the approval of the final draft, there will be 6 months of bidding and procurement of units.
In an interview, Ley Meynard Opeña, the Information Systems Analyst III of CPDO assured that the routing system will be based on scientific approach so that the passengers will only have to pay minimum fare but at the same time, drivers will earn enough. He also added that some factors such as the pandemic and inclusions of flyover and other newly-opened roads and tourist spots will affect the progress of the plan.
CTFRB chair, Atty. Randy De Gala on the other hand reminded the citizens to lodge official complaint via the google form link available at the City Government of Tagum Facebook page or through a form available at their office. They can also go to the Traffic Management Office and The Tagum Philippine National Police personally to record their complaint. He reminded the people that the hearing can be done through phone calls if the complainant is not available during the scheduled date and time.
Mr. Benjamin De Guzman, the president of the association of tricycle drivers in the city, asks for understanding from the riding public adding, that not all drivers are members of the association. However, he promises to make sure that those members will abide by the law and will put public service above profit.
The LPTRP has a long way to go but Mr. Opeña is positive that once approved, the plan will change the transportation landscape in the city for future generation to benefit from. “We are not looking at short-term but long-term solution”. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum