Gov’t told to comment on petitions vs ITS

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

THE Supreme Court (SC) has directed the government to justify the construction of transport terminals aimed at limiting the entry of provincial buses in Metro Manila.

In a resolution dated November 26, the Court required Malacañang, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to comment on the consolidated petitions within 10 days from notice.

The first petition came from public school teachers Panita Ladera and Dolores Salanga while the second petition was filed by owners of buses plying the Cavite to Metro Manila route.

Specifically, the teachers hit the Southwest Interim Transport Terminal in Parañaque City as they had to leave earlier than their usual departure time, spend money for additional ride, and grapple with the lack of public utility vehicles from the terminal to Manila.

Ladera is an English teacher in Calderon Integrated School in Tondo, Manila while Salanga teaches Math in Manila High School in Intramuros.

Both are residents of Bacoor, Cavite.

They assailed Executive Order 67 creating the ITS and the Administrative Order 40 establishing the Interim Transport Terminals for having been implemented without due notice and public hearing.

EO 67 provides for only two terminals (South and North Transport Terminals) yet the petitioners said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the DOTC suddenly built SITT without doing any action to establish the other terminals.

Bus operators, meanwhile, asked the SC to conduct an ocular inspection in the Parañaque facility, which opened last August 6.

They expressed concern for commuters who are being exposed to too much pollution due to emissions from the engines of buses waiting in queue to load their passengers. Comfort rooms were also allegedly unsanitary. (Sunnex)

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