Issue of September 2, 2018
     
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Expectations from the new DOTr-CAR director
ATTY. JAMES S. VALEROS, Baguio City

On Aug. 7, 2018, Engr. Robert Allan I. Santiago has assumed as new regional director of Department of Transportation-CAR in lieu of Atty. Jose Eduardo Natividad who was replaced by higher authorities after a 90-day administrative suspension, together with his assistant regional director Mohammad Abbas.

During the period of their suspensions, the services ought to be rendered by DOTr-CAR to the public almost stood still, especially on the aspect of franchising by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-CAR since no official is authorized to approve and sign orders and decisions or franchise applications except the regional director.

With the appointment of Santiago, we can expect that the backlogs in the approval and release of much delayed franchise applications, particularly applications for dropping and substitution of units, to be expedited and will normalize in due time.

What we are not certain though is whether or not the inabilities and failures of his predecessors to perform their jobs well and effectively can efficiently be improved by our new director.

For, in the past months and years, the transacting public have suffered much inconveniences and problems in their registration of motor vehicles, securing and renewal of driver’s licenses and/or speedy approval and release of franchises or certificate of public conveniences mainly owing, among others, to the following causes: (a) notorious absenteeism in office by frontline personnel and/or the regional director themselves, (b) the harboring of fixers on sight within the premises of Land Transportation Office/ LTFRB-CAR duping the transacting public especially after ARD Abbas was suspended, (c) the inability or failure of the last regional director to inform and explain to the transport operators and stakeholders the intricate procedures to be followed by them, as contained in the omnibus franchising guidelines already in effect since June 19, 2017.

With high hope, we expect the new DOTr-CAR, who was formerly ARD of the Department of Information and Communications Technology Region 11, to do better compared to his predecessors in office.

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