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A letter to Mayor Magalong on additional taxi franchises
JAMES S. VALEROS, Baguio City

If the good mayor is truly bent and serious in declogging traffic in Baguio, I suggest that he files a petition for revocation of all franchises or certificates of public convenience (CPC) issued by the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board, which violates the existing moratorium in Baguio City and outlying towns of Benguet since 1988.

The filing of said petition, if successful, will remove from our congested streets more than 50 percent of all for-hire motor vehicles  operating despite LTFRB Moratorium Circulars 96-002, 98-026 and/or 2003-028, among others.

As a solution to greatly reduce traffic congestion in the city, this measure will be more comprehensive compared to the planned “opposition” or “revocation” by the city against the 200 taxis, later becoming 400 units, allowed by LTFRB for Baguio.

It is my contention, however, that the first 200 taxi units authorized by LTFRB for Baguio does not violate the moratorium since it was intended merely to replace the more than 200 taxi units which CPCs were cancelled for failure to renew their franchises on time.

Also, in the case of the first 200 taxi units opened for application by LTFRB, MC 2016-016, it was promulgated after the city was consulted by LTFRB-CAR sometime before election.

With these reasons, the city has no proper or legal basis to revoke them.

But in the case of the 200 premium taxi units later added, no consultation with the local government unit was held pursuant to Sec. 1 (b) of the Local Government Code. Therefore, its authorization by LTFRB may be opposed or contested by the city.

While it is righteous for the mayor and/or the city council to “oppose” or as they say to “revoke” the 200 premium taxi units, it will be unjust for them to “oppose” or “revoke” the first 200 taxi units allowed by the LTFRB because the applicants merely relied on the valid MC 2019-016 by LTFRB authorizing the application for minimum of  50 units, on which they have already invested and spent no less than P50 million each just to file an application for qualification. They will spend more when the time to file application for CPC to operate taxi service finally comes.

Again, for these reasons, applicants in the first 200 cases should already be allowed by the city to proceed assuming that the stringent requirements for qualification by the LTFRB are considerably met. For me, this is the solomonic decision that ought to be taken by both the city and the LTFRB.

Unlike me who tried to cause the revocation of illegal franchises issued by LTFRB but failed after trying for 20 long years, succeeding only in causing the revocation of a few hundreds of CPC illegally granted by LTFRB, which is not really much to effectively decongest traffic in the city, the well-meaning and upright mayor is in a better position now to carry out the revocation of illegal franchises which units are primarily causing the traffic congestion in the city.

I salute you, mayor, even if you are my junior in the Academy, if you are able to cleanse the LTFRB dockets of illegal CPCs and units which are truly the root of traffic congestion in the city.

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