Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Atty. Teofilo Guadiz III

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

QUEZON CITY — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday (Jan. 16) said that it does not tolerate any disruption in the movement of commuters as it is verifying reports on alleged incidents of blocking workers and passengers travelling from nearby provinces to Metro Manila.

The transport caravan was staged by transport groups Manibela led by Mar Valbuena and Piston led by Mody Floranda to protest the alleged jeepney phaseout due to the public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVMP).

Reportedly, passengers on the way to their workplaces within Metro Manila are being blocked on roads and highways.

LTFRB Chairperson Teofilo Guadiz III stressed that the agency does not tolerate any act of disrupting the movement of commuters that could risk their livelihood or studies.

Guadiz said that disruption caused to commuters on the road is against the LTFRB’s thrust to provide a safe, convenient, and unhampered travel for our commuting public.

“Rest assured, the LTFRB will look into these reports and impose possible sanctions on individuals or groups behind these incidents,” the LTFRB chief said.

“The LTFRB urges those joining the strike to not prevent other jeepney drivers from making a living as they need to provide to their families and commuters,” Guadiz added.