Sunday, April 21, 2019

Cuizon receives ‘outstanding’ eval, to return to MCIA

LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 Director Ahmed Cuizon is set to leave the agency with a bang.

Just as Cuizon is gearing up to return to the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) as assistant general manager, he received an outstanding score from the Career Executive Performance Evaluation System (Cespes).

Cuizon got a Cespes final score of 6.55 for 2013.

He assumed as LTFRB 7 director in 2010 but Cuizon believes that returning to the MCIA is the next “logical development” of his career.

"I feel that my mission in LTFRB is done, so it’s about time to move on to where our help is also needed," said Cuizon, who used to be the MCIAA public affairs manager before he was appointed in LTFRB 7.

In his four-year stint, Cuizon said he eliminated fixers and spurious franchises.

He also strictly implemented the 15-year age limit for passenger buses to ensure public safety.

This is also in line with the future implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit system, which he has been supporting.

"We applied LTFRB rules fairly, so that even big transport companies were meted suspensions and other penalties whenever they figured in accidents or when they committed violations," Cuizon said.

He said he also led the campaign against colorum (white-plated vehicles that operate for public consumption) operations, overcharging taxis during Valentine's Day, and he conducted massive road safety inspections of buses and terminals during peak seasons like Holy Week and All Soul's and Saint's Day.

Julito Flores, president of the Cebu South Mini Bus Operators Association, said that because of Cuizon's openness to dialogue and curbing corruption in LTFRB 7, they previously petitioned to the Department of Transportation and Communication Secretary Antonio Abaya to retain him in his post.

While Cuizon thanked the effort of the transport operators, he said it was his personal decision to move back to MCIAA.
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