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Senator calls on DOTr to suspend PUV modernization following alleged corruption in LTFRB
Senator calls on DOTr to suspend PUV modernization following alleged corruption in LTFRB
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Senator calls on DOTr to suspend PUV modernization following alleged corruption in LTFRB
by Ada Pelonia11 October 2023
Photo courtesy: Senate of the Philippines

Senator Grace Poe urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday, Oct. 10, to suspend the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) following the alleged corruption in the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“We want to modernize our PUVs, but it should be one that is progressive, just and humane. Hindi na nga makausad nang maayos ang PUVMP dahil sa iba’t ibang isyu, nabahiran pa ng korapsyon,” she said.

The Senator added that if the allegations were true, it would not be fair to the drivers losing their livelihood to be snubbed by those who could afford to pay more.

“Erring officials must be held accountable for bungling a very critical program of the transport sector. Umaasa tayo na habang iniimbestigahan ang mga sangkot, inaayos din ang modernization program na magpapabuti sa kabuhayan ng mga drayber at magbibigay ng maayos na serbisyo sa mga commuter,” Poe said.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. earlier suspended LTFRB chair Teofilo Guadiz III over reports of alleged corruption going on inside the agency.

Meanwhile, a transport group called for a complete probe in the country’s transportation agencies after Samahang Manibela Mananakay at Nagkaisang Terminal ng Transportasyon (Manibela) surfaced a whistleblower who revealed the alleged illegal transactions in LTFRB.

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