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ARTA to LTFRB: Issue CPCs to TNVS operators

The Anti-Red Tape Authority clarified that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board only needs to issue the Certificates of Public Convenience of pending Transport Network Vehicle Service franchise applications with complete requirements since these are already deemed approved by law.

In a Facebook live video, ARTA chief Jeremiah Belgica said that the LTFRB does not need to approve these applications anymore since under the Ease of Doing Business Act, these are already deemed approved once all requirements are submitted.

“Deemed approved na po ang inyong mga application from the time na nakumpleto na po, tapos na po ang hearing. Kaya ‘wag niyo iisipin na aaprubahan pa lang,” he told TNVS franchise applicants. “So ang amin pong hinihingi ay ilabas po ang Certificate of Public Convenience, showing that it is already deemed approved,” he added.
Belgica appealed to the LTFRB to continue to follow the law.

“‘Wag na ho tayong pasaway kasi tayo po ay paspas na po tayo sa pagbabago. So, well, nagpapasalamat kami in a sense na nagpapakita ng willingness na tumalima,” he said.

He reminded the LTFRB that the ARTA will not tolerate fixers in the agency.

“Pero sa mga tiwali, hahanap po kami ng paraan para kayo po ay aming matuklasan,” Beligca warned. “Meron ho tayong mga mystery shoppers sa mga agencies ho. At ‘pag kayo ay aming natsempuhan, lalo na sa mga fixers diyan, sigurado po namin kayong hahanapan ng paraan para kayo ay masuspinde at kung kinakailangan ay makulong,” he added.

The ARTA gave the LTFRB until yesterday to issue the CPCs of TNVS with pending applications that have complete requirements and have been heard from July 7, 2018 until July 24, 2019 when the Ease of Doing Business Act took effect.

ARTA made the order following various complaints about numerous pending applications with complete requirements and are just awaiting the issuance of their CPCs.

Under Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business Act, simple transactions should only take three days, complex transactions are given seven days, and high technical transactions are given 20 days. (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos)

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