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LTFRB eyes serious fare regulation in Lanao Sur

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)--The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has made it clear that it will work to implement fare regulation in Lanao del Sur with sincerity.

Mohammad Cayongcat, the provincial head of LTFRB-Lanao del Sur, has reiterated that they are required to manage the fare matrix in the areas where public land transportation services are provided as well as to enact rules and regulations, such as those governing the public's compliance with land transportation utilities, through the release of franchise and provisional authority.

He explained that they would schedule enforcement actions with trepidation after learning that a significant portion of the population is not following the fare regulation order as part of carrying out this obligation.  

However, Cayongcat pledged that before spearheading this endeavor, they would first conduct a consultative conference with transport organizations in October of this year to address the pertinent pressing issues and their solutions and ultimately win the approval of the community as a whole.   

“Alam naman natin dito sa Lanao del Sur na majority ay hindi talaga compliant kaya we are hoping na makipagcooperate sila sa amin…Tatawagin natin ang mga transport group (para pag-usapan ang) about sa fare kasi magsisimula na kaming magregulate sa fare,” he said.

(We hope they'll work with us because we believe most people in Lanao del Sur are not in conformity.) We will start controlling the fare, so we will call on the transport groups to discuss the cost.

To properly investigate and handle associated issues, Cayongcat argued that it would be essential to hear the opinions of the public utility drivers and other parties.

“Hindi iyan pwede iregulate unless maseek natin ang concern ng transport sector at ibang stakeholders,” he said.

(We cannot regulate without first considering the issues stated by the transportation industry and other stakeholders.)

The LTFRB looked forward to a successful effort, especially since it has previously validated vice versa routes in the province, to wit, from the city here up to the municipalities of Balindong, Masiu, Saguiaran, Madalum and Malabang in Lanao del Sur province, and Mindanao State University (MSU)-Main Campus to the city downtown. (CRG/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)

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