Transport group: LTFRB must urge TNVs on fare rollback

After the approval of 50-centavo fare cut for public utility jeepneys, the 1-United Transport Koalisyon (1-Utak) said that Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) should compel transport network vehicle (TNV) providers to implement a fare rollback.

In a seven-page petition, the 1-United Transport Koalisyon (1-Utak) said Uber, GrabCar and other TNVs accredited by the LTFRB should reduce fare rates by 50 percent, an article read on the Philippines.

1-Utak said the fare scheme for TNVs should be patterned after that of taxi services.

TNVs can manage their own fares under a Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) order on 2015.

One of the attached agencies of DOTC is the LTFRB.

The said petition for TNVs’ fare rollback would be set for hearing, LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said.


Airman killed in Batangas clash case

An airman died after the clash incident with about 15 armed men believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Tuy, Batangas.

Armed Forces Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) spokesman Maj. Angelo Guzman said that the Air force 730th combat group was on patrol at Barangay Toong when they encountered the rebels at 5:49 PM.

Airman 1st class Cliff Arvin Alama was the soldier identified at the site. He was wounded on his left shoulder and was brought to the Medical Center, however he died before arrival.


DARE Philippines’ educates youth on drug abuse through community act 

Through community act, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Philippines Association Inc. educated students to raise awareness among the Filipino youth against the dangers of drug abuse and violence.

The DARE aims is to teach effective peer resistance and to strengthen the refusal skills of the Filipino youth against drugs. It will enable them to grow healthy without the harmful substances brought by drugs, tobacco, and other similar substances.

The program also taps DARE police officers to teach and be a role model for the children.


BSP to revise programs that enhances strength of Rural banks 

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is planning to revise their programs to enhance the viability and financial strength of Rural Banks such as the Strenghtening Program For Rural Banks (SPRBO) and the Comprehensive Program For Rural Banks (CPRBO).

According to BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espanilla, the merger of the program will help to entice more foreign investors and banks because of the agency’s newest strategy.


DOH ensures safety against ‘Zika virus’

The Department of Health (DOH) assured the public of the government’s measures against disease amid the spread of Zika virus in Latin America.

According to DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, the Zika virus can be prevented from spreading with the same control used against dengue and mosquito-borne viruses.

The Zika virus infection can cause brain damage and even death and it is also suspected of causing defects among infected infants and pregnant women.

Suy admitted that there is no sufficient documentation to the cure for the virus, however he also added that there is a very rare possibility that a patient would or eventually develop a severe form of Zika infection based on the information from the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to him, he believes maintaining the environment clean is still the best measure to fight the spreading virus.



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