The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to extend the deadline for PUJ consolidation process regarding the PUJ modernization program in consideration of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic to the transport sector.
The resolution, authored by Councilor Dindo Ramos, said the PUJ modernization program of the Department of Transportation is being implemented this year and deadlines were set for all PUJ operators to comply with its requirements.
PUJ operators in Bacolod City, owning an aggregate of more than 4,000 units, have partially complied with the initial requirements for consolidation and registration.
It said the onset of the pandemic this year has affected everyone, and most especially the transport sector where all kinds of mass transportation were suspended during several enhanced community quarantine lockdown periods imposed in the city.
The resolution said the DOTr has set Dec. 31 as the deadline for all PUJ operators to consolidate all units into either a cooperative or corporation to be able to continue to operate as a public utility vehicle.
Based on the data from LTFRB Region 6, only about 10 percent of the total units in Bacolod have been either approved or have their applications pending with its office, it said.
Republic Act 11469, or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, and RA 11494, or Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, have many provisions on safety nets for all who have been deeply affected by the pandemic, with specific provision directing the DOTr to extend assistance to critically impacted businesses in the transport industry, the resolution said. The city needs to provide support to its constituents in the transport industry particularly those directly affected by the Dec. 31 deadline for PUJ consolidation by requesting LTFRB to extend its deadline due to above stated circumstances, it added.*CGS