LTFRB issues more than 1,600 special permits for the holiday season

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In preparation for the long holiday in April, the LTFRB has begun processing special permits for additional buses.

“For the local and inter-regional route, the regional offices would process the special permits,” said LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra.

The Maritime Industry Authority has also eased the process of issuing special permits to vessels that would operate in provinces.

Meanwhile, House committee on transportation concluded its 11-day exploration on March 27.

The House body has discovered a huge transportation gap in provinces and the dismal condition of rest rooms in several bus terminals.

“In order to entice local and foreign tourists go around the Philippines… The first thing they ask is, ‘Is there a connecting flight or sea travel upon our arrival at the terminal?’ ” said committee chair Rep. Cesar Sarmiento.

The LTFRB vows to continue reminding bus companies and operators about their obligations.

“If the comfort rooms, and breastfeeding rooms are not clean,  or there are no sufficient chairs for their passengers, we will have to take them to account or call their attention,” Delgra said.

Negros Oriental Rep. Arnulfo Teves Jr., meanwhile, criticized the way airport and terminal employees treat passengers.

“If you are aware there are a lot of peevish people at the airport,” he said.

The transport agency assures lawmakers that they will continue implementing reforms to ensure that passengers will have a convenient trip to their provinces. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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