‘Win’ wants TRB head out for RFID snafu

Published December 7, 2020, 12:21 PM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian called Monday for the resignation of  Toll Regulatory Board head Abraham Sales for failure to address the glitches and traffic experienced by motorists due to the mandatory registration for cashless payment on expressways.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Gatchalian said the TRB executive director should go, stressing the need for the agency to have a more aggressive chief to address the mess brought about by the sudden shift to the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) which has caused massive traffic build up especially in the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
“Yes, dapat kumuha na tayo ng mas agresibong ED. Hanggang ngayon, wala pa rin tayong naririnig sa kanya eh buhol buhol na ang traffic sa NLEX (Yes, it’s time we get a more aggressive executive director. Until now, we hear nothing from him and yet the traffic in NLEX has worsened),” Gatchalian told reporters.
The senator said the executive director is supposed to be in charge of the day-to-day activity of the TRB and reports to the board for policy-making.
It is also the ED who is supposed to have full knowledge and control of the situation, Gatchalian said.

 “He is placed there to prevent problems for happening and hold the operators to account,” he said.

“Matagal na kasing problema ito at walang ginagawa ‘yun regulator (TRB). Lumalala na lang dahil mandated na ang prepaid RFID sa lahat ng tollways. Naubos na pasensiya ng mga taga Valenzuela so bulok na RFID (This problem has been happening for some time and yet the regulator is not doing anything. The situation worsened because of the mandated prepaid RFID in all tollways. We, in Valenzuela are so fed up with the defective RFID system),” he added.

Gatchalian had earlier urged lawmakers to review the concession agreement between these toll operators and the TRB. He warned expressway operators they could lose their concessions if they are found negligent.
If operators cannot extend good service, he said the public has the power to rescind their contract.