Former Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Winston Gines mentioned that permitting Transportation Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) to function within the nation was a bold step in embracing “disruptive” know-how.
In a Facebook post, Gines recalled that the Transportation division and the LTFRB board paved the entry of Uber, Grab and UHop within the Philippines in 2015 when it issued and applied LTFRB Memorandum Circulars Nos. 015 -018 to permit and regulate the operations of TNVS as frequent carriers.
He mentioned that they did it “[d]espite the vociferous objections of taxi associations and operators and their allies in Congress.”
“For doing so, our country was hailed as the first country IN THE WORLD to issue national regulations on TNVS. That was forward looking. That was embracing disruptive technologies, not fighting them. That was promoting safety, convenience and comfort of the commuting public – the primary stakeholders of our Agency,” Gines mentioned.
He added case for Injunction with prayer for issuance of Temporary Restraining Order was filed in opposition to DOTC and LTFRB over the mentioned memorandum, which finally failed.
However, the previous LTFRB chief took swipe on sure Jun Magno, who an Ombudsman criticism in opposition to me and former Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya for permitting the entry of TNVS within the nation.
“That’s what you get when you institute bold and game-changing reforms in the transport industry: CASES, NOT PRAISES!,” he mentioned.
“Regarding LTFRB’s decision of not accepting TNVS applications for issuance of franchise starting in August 2016 and apprehending the unregistered TNVS come July 26, 2017, I will observe dignified silence,” Gines declared.