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Poe urges DOTr, LTFRB to talk to stakeholders to resolve PITX mess

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Senator Grace Poe on Friday raised the importance of dialog in resolving the “chaotic” situation in transport terminals.

Poe stressed this point as she welcomed the move of the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to immediately come up with concrete solution to the chaos at the PITX (Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange).

“However, we should take stock of the fact that the problem we are addressing here is not just PITX, but Metro Manila’s traffic and transport situation in general,” she said.

“To a complex problem such as this, nothing beats being thorough and deliberate. Haste makes waste,” said Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services.

A major proposal of the DoTr and LTFRB involves the grant of new franchise for identified routes of buses, UV express and jeepney.

“Paano natukoy kung saan-saan ang mga rutang ito? Paano naitakda ang bilang ng mga bus, jeep o UV express na bibigyan ng prangkisa?” Poe asked.

“Tandaan natin na ang pagbibigay ng karagdagang prangkisa ay nangangahulugang karagdagang sasakyan sa kalsada. Pinakamainam na unang hakbang pa rin ang pag-uusap,” she said.

Poe said that the DoTr, LTFRB, operators of bus, jeepney, UV express, commuters group and other concerned stakeholders “should be gathered and have their say in this latest directive by the DoTr.”

A technical working group can be created to immediately draft a plan that will address the concerns of the users of PITX, the re-electionist senator said.

“Batid natin na kailangan ng madaliang solusyon sa problemang ito. Subalit gawin natin itong tama, nasa proseso at sadyang tutugon sa kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan,” Poe added.