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Transport Issues in the Philippines
« on: July 28, 2017, 05:31:53 PM »

On July 25, 2017, during the first hearing of the Committee on Transportation following President Duterte’s SONA, the 28-year-old House Assistant Minority Leader Neil Abayon enumerated the transport issues that need to be prioritized by the Committee. In attendance were the LTFRB Board Members and officials, TNC executives, TNVS drivers and other stakeholders.
1. Underlying all the problems affecting the riding public, besetting the LTFRB, and rippling through the transport sector are ARCHAIC LAWS on public transportation, public services, road use, road safety, and traffic. On these largely obsolete laws are many regulations and institutional paradigms.
2. We are no longer in the Commonwealth Era (when the Public Service Act became law) or in the 1960s (when the Land Transportation and Traffic Code and the Contractors License Law were enacted) or in the Marcos Era (when the Accessibility Law came to be).
3. These are but some of the major laws that need overhaul or updating to present-day situations and adjusting with built-in mechanisms for adapting to changes in the future.
4. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board needs a new charter that will empower the LTFRB with a new mindset to solve the problems of today and the future instead of living in the past and bound by the laws of decades past.
5. We also need a National Road and Rail Safety agency with the specific mission of investigating all mishaps on the roads and involving rail systems.
6. It is imperative that we have better laws on traffic law enforcement nationwide. We have new laws on the wearing of helmets and riding on motorcycles, but these laws are not consistently and effectively implemented. There are also local ordinances that go against the national law on wearing helmets.
7. These times require us to promote and support automotive engineering, automotive technology development, civil engineering, and disaster adaption and mitigation of our transport systems with laws, policies, programs, and appropriations.
8. There is strong resistance to the phase out of old public utility jeepneys and the entry of the transport network vehicle services (TNVS) and Transport Network Companies because of the refusal to accept necessary change and refusal to admit obsolescence.
9. Finally, we have unacceptably high rates of deadly mishaps involving motorcycles and old trucks and jeepneys because of unaddressed underlying economic reasons—some of which can be addressed with new laws and effective implementation.
10. This Second Regular Session of Congress is the right time for the 17th Congress, particularly the House of Representatives, to prove it can get things done and done well.
11. We have more than 240 pending bills of national application in the House Committee on Transportation. It is now time to prioritize and rank the different bills. We also must also swiftly process bills that shall be the counterparts of Senate bills that are already past Second Reading, in Third Reading, or approved on Third Reading because those are deliverables that can become laws sooner than bills still in the early stages in this House.
12. Lastly, we have to revisit the proposed emergency powers bill earlier proposed to address urgent problems.

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