LTFRB presence required in anti-colorum campaign

Published April 3, 2018, 1:31 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By the Philippine News Agency

The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) has reminded various member agencies of Task Force Kamao that any operation against unregistered or “colorum” public utility vehicles (PUVs) should always be conducted with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Tim Orbos (DOTr via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Tim Orbos
(DOTr via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

The DOTr has recently created the inter-agency task force that will implement the intensified anti-colorum operations, in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to crack down on colorum PUVs nationwide.

“Since Task Force Kamao is inter-agency, there must be a representative from LTFRB every time there is an operation. Nobody from the partner agencies can apprehend a colorum vehicle if there’s no one from LTFRB, it being the lead agency on public utility vehicles,” DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Tim Orbos said in a statement.

Task Force Kamao is led by the LTFRB, which has jurisdiction over the franchises of PUVs.

Other agencies in the task group are the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

“The LTFRB has the complete and updated database of legal franchises and their accredited number of units. Through that, the I-ACT can easily pinpoint and apprehend personalities behind colorum activities,” Orbos said.

“The nationwide crackdown against colorum vehicles is to ensure the safety of riding public and to identify those opportunist individuals who are using colorum PUVs only for their own good,” he reiterated.

The I-ACT will be leading the anti-colorum operations in Metro Manila while the local government units will implement their respective plans of actions in coordination with the task force.