MANILA – Senator Grace Poe on Thursday asked Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to do a dry-run at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) without exemptions based on the original memorandum issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
This, after transport officials failed to clarify claims by former LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada that Memorandum Circular 2018-22, which had exempt 195 provincial buses from terminating their service at the PITX, was altered after she signed the document.
The contested memo amended the original MC 2018-20 that ordered all provincial buses from the south to terminate services at the PITX.
After a dry-run using the original memorandum, an “impact assessment” should be conducted, Poe said in a letter addressed to Tugade.
“Fairness demands that an effective dry-run be implemented taking into consideration its full efficient administration policy and for emphasis, using MC 2018-20,” Poe said.
Poe asked Tugade not to implement regulations that would be "unfair" to small bus operators and to immediately address the exemption and ethics issues related to the use of the terminal.
An approved bus terminal schedule for the PITX should also be adopted for the convenience of the riding public, the Senator said.
The PITX, the country's first "landport" meant to decongest EDSA, was inaugurated last Nov. 5.
-- with a report from Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News