Fresh TNVS slots to generate employment, says alliance of drivers

The largest transport network vehicle service (TNVS) alliance in the country said the opening of more than 10,000 slots by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) would help produce much-needed livelihood opportunities in Metro Manila and its neighboring areas.

In a statement, the TNVS Alliance of the Philippines (TAP) said “the new slots will present new livelihood opportunities for fellow Filipinos who are looking for new income streams in the post-pandemic era.”

“We look forward to welcoming these new TNVS drivers to our community as we provide safe and convenient transport service that every Filipino deserves,” the group said.

Among the signatories of the statement were Saturnino “Daddy Ninoy” Mopas of the Transport Network Vehicle Representative, Aylene Paguio of TAP, Lisza Buscaino-Redulla of the CommUNITY Leaders Council, Gohan Nuguid of the TNVS Individual 1 Alliance, Calvin Chloe Manalo of the Unity of Leaders for TNVS Community, Walter Lugay Uy of the Philippine Metropolitan Transport Group, and Newell Garcia of the TNVS News Community.

According to the TNVS leaders,“we are seeing more and more passengers on the road needing a ride,” and stressed that as commuters, they are “relieved and sincerely grateful to the LTFRB for the new slots as this will help to reduce the challenges of traveling in Metro Manila.”

In Board Resolution No. 022, Series of 2023, the LTFRB opened 10,300 new TNVS slots in Metro Manila and the MUCEP area. MUCEP areas include cities in Metro Manila and in the provinces of Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal.

In the said resolution, the LTFRB Board explained that it “sees the need to open additional slots to maintain a sufficient number of TNVS to supply the existing demand.”

The resolution was signed by LTFRB Chairperson Teofilo Guadiz III, Board Members Riza Marie Tan-Paches, and Board Member Mercy Jane Paras-Leynes.