Who’s really in charge?


Seems like we are left on our own devices, with the bureaucracy seems least concerned with helping revive a slowly dying national economy. Tourism secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat gave resorts and hotels the go-signal to partially resume their operations but how can these resorts and hotels generate any revenue when the Department of Transportation and Railways or DOTR is still undecided on really giving public transportation especially going to the provinces full operational rein? I mean, come on guys, are we so stupid or what? Local tourists will not spend 5,000 pesos per head just to ride a colurum vehicle going to the North or as much as 10,000 pesos going to the Visayas or Mindanao just for the holidays?

Aside from spending that much, the government requires every person who wants to go out of Metro Manila to undertake PCR testing that costs between 4,000 pesos to as little as 1,500 pesos per person. Imagine, the astronomical costs one would spend just going to Baguio or any other tourist-y place in the Philippines.

Sources told this writer that an official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board or LTFRB is grinning widely nowadays because of the enormous “contributions” he is getting from colorum operators. What is the LTFRB doing? What is the PNP highway patrol group doing? Nothing! They are allowing colorum operators to operate in a wanton fashion to the detriment of the Filipino commuter!

I was under the impression that this administration is anti-corruption and anti-crime. Operating a private vehicle as a public transport vehicle is a crime punishable under our laws! Yet, no one is actually doing something to correct the situation!

If this is the case, then, if you’re a vehicle owner, and you intend to operate a public transport vehicle, then, all you need to do is pay-up these unscrupulous people. Is this the norm? Obviously not before this administration!!

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