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Consultations on DOTr Order 2017-011 an exercise in futility
JAMES S. VALEROS, Baguio City

An assembly meeting of public utility vehicles’ operators and other transport stakeholders from Region 1, Region 2 and Cordillera was hurriedly called on Jan. 27 by the Office of Senator Grace Poe through the local government of Baguio which was held at the latter’s multipurpose hall.

During the meeting presided by one Ariel Lim who appeared as the chief of the staff sent by Sen. Poe, it was learned from him that the reason for the assembly was to consult and ask the PUV operators, drivers, and concerned public about their position and where they stand on the PUV Modernization Program of government, as mandated in Department Order 2017-011.

According to Lim, these consultations are necessary to enable the staff to formulate a committee report as a recommendation for the review of DOTr’s DO 2017-011 otherwise known as the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines or OFG.

In my view, these consultations being made in many regions of the country are rather too late now. The Senate or Congress should have done this a long time ago upon the signing and promulgation by Transportations Sec. Arthur Tugade of the said department order. For even a mere casual reading of the OFG, it should be gleaned that its provisions are clearly unreasonable, arbitrary and anti-poor.

Truth to tell, the Alliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Associations in BLISTT, Inc. (AJODABI)) has submitted a position paper in April 2017 requesting Tugade to review the provisions of Dept Order 2017-011 even before the floated final draft was approved on June 19, 2017 for the reason that it was arbitrary and unreasonable. Hence, as a promulgated rule, we believe the same is invalid.

For one, there was no study or researches made on the transport conditions obtaining in the Cordillera, nor was there a consultation made among the affected transport operators, drivers and the riding public in the region, in pursuance to due process of law.

Later, the alliance also submitted another position paper to the Office of Sen. Poe through Baguio Rep. Mark Go requesting for a review by the Senate or Congress of the issued department order and recommending proposals how the modernization of PUJs will suit and apply to the situations in Baguio City and the rest of the Cordillera. Unfortunately, the position paper was not even acknowledged, much more replied.

By this time, DOTr may no longer be persuaded to amend, modify or to suspend the implementation of the department order of which rules the DOTr has power to promulgate based on existing laws. To stall or stop the implementation of the department order and its already issued implementing rules, only a petition for injunction filed with the courts will enjoin DOTr and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board from enforcing the same.

Briefly said, these consultations being done now by the staff of Sen. Poe are exercises in futility. It will do good, therefore, to join and support the action for injunction with prayer for restraining order contemplated to be filed by concerned transport sectors in Baguio City.

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