Makati to LTFRB: Reconsider shuttle service condition

Posted at 06/04/14 4:51 PM

MANILA - The city government of Makati appealed to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to reconsider its special condition in granting the special permit for the city's free shuttle service.

The city received LTFRB's order last May 21, granting a special permit for the free shuttle service.

However, LTFRB ordered the city to require its passengers to buy a single journey MRT ticket and present an ID issued by a Makati-based company.

In a four-page Motion for Partial Reconsideration, Atty. Pio Kenneth Dasal, city legal officer, stated that imposing the said conditions "is an invalid exercise of LTFRB's power," and that these are "contrary to public interest and welfare".

Dasal pointed out that besides defeating the purpose of a "free" transport service for Makati commuters, it would greatly prejudice and inconvenience them to line up and purchase a single journey ticket on the same date.

"The fact that they will not use the MRT ticket to ride the MRT trains makes such condition oppressive, as well," he said.

The city government has also asked LTFRB to do away with the condition requiring commuters to present a company ID as proof of employment in Makati.

The city counsel argued that the free transport service, offering point-to-point, non-stop trips from MRT North Avenue station to Ayala Avenue in Makati, is for the benefit of all commuters going to Makati, not just employees working in the city.

The free transportation service, which started on March 27, 2014, has been conceptualized to help alleviate the burden of Makati-bound commuters caused by the long queues in MRT stations, the frequent breakdown of MRT trains and the worsening traffic conditions resulting from simultaneous road rehabilitation works along EDSA and other major roads in Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, LTFRB Chairperson Wisnton Ginez said they will first discuss Makati's petition before giving a statement on the issue. -- with reports from Robert Mano, DZMM