Board Member Ramon Sullano, chair of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee on transportation, expressed dismay that the Iloilo City government did not heed their call for the temporary suspension of the implementation of the controversial Local Public Transportation Route Plan (LPTRP) by the Iloilo City Government.
Sullano said they passed the resolution on March 15, 2022, or three months before the scheduled implementation of the LPTRP on June 12, 2022, that was forwarded to the city government, but they did not receive any reply.
Resolution No. 2022-134, sponsored by Board Members Sullano, Domingo Oso, and Dorothy Paes, requested Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas to temporarily suspend the implementation of Regulation Ordinance No. 2022-027, “An Ordinance adopting and approving the Local Public Transportation Route Plan (LPTRP) of Iloilo City Providing Policies and Guidelines for its implementation and other purposes”.
The resolution noted that the implementation of Regulation Ordinance No. 2022-027 by the city government limits the entry of provincial jeepneys from Leganes, Pavia and Sta. Barbara to Iloilo City.
Previously, around 30-40% of provincial jeepneys are allowed to enter Iloilo City.
In asking for the suspension of LPTRP’s implementation, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan cited the “spiraling increase in the prices of crude oil, gasoline and other petroleum products”.
“The transport groups and the passengers coming from the municipalities will be burdened by taking multiple rides and exorbitant transportation fares,” they added.
Sullano said they have received many complaints from transport groups and passengers alike since the implementation of LPTRP and they are forwarding it to the city government through the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO).
Sullano said they are hoping to sit down with city officials, transport groups and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to address the issues and concerns of both the provincial drivers and commuters.
Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr. said the provincial government, through the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), is continuously getting feedbacks and coordinate it with their counterpart in the Iloilo City government. (ECG)
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