OTC reaches out to BARMM transport stakeholders, LGUs, line agencies

By : Mindanao Today/06:27:10am 01/06/2022


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PHOTO 1 & 2 Mr. Manuel Jose Camagay, Project Management Office manager, Office of Transportation Cooperatives, explains the national government's program dubbed Public Utility Vehicle Modernization with leaders and stakeholders of land and sea-based transport services, last December 7, at Lamitan, Basilan province. (Cheng Ordonez | OTC-PMO) PHOTO 3 Atty. Christian Oberio, OTC legal officer, discusses during a transport forum, attended by leaders and stakeholders of land and sea-based transport services, last December 7, at Lamitan City, Basilan province, issues and concerns affecting their operations, and other matters concerning the OTC in the public utility vehicles' modernizatiom program. (Cheng Ordonez | OTC-PMO) PHOTO 4 Lamitan City Vice Mayor Roderick H. Furigay (head table) endorsed Atty. Christian Oberio, legal officer of the Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC), and Project Manager Manuel Jose Camagay of the Project Management Office to the city's planning and technical heads to further discuss matters taken up during the coordination meeting attended by BARMM-LTFRB Regional Director Kaizer M. Nasilin, LTFRB-Sulu representative Anwar T. Sawadjaan, MARINA Tawi-Tawi Head Ibrahim Rugasan, LTFRB-BARMM representative Luqman A. Hassan, and OTC Regional Desk Officers Camcer Ordonez Imam and Aliya Ismael. (OTC-PMO photo release)


BASILAN PROVINCE – Top executives from the Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC) have met stakeholders of both land and sea transports within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) while holding coordination meetings with its transport officials to facilitate the region’s transformation of its operators into becoming legal entities and cope with the government’s modernization program.

Manuel Jose Camagay, Project Manager of the Project Management Office (PMO) under the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), OTC, and Atty. Christian Oberio, legal officer of OTC, personally met some 30 leaders and stakeholders of land and sea-based transport services, last December 7, at Lamitan, Basilan province, and discussed during a forum issues and concerns affecting their operations, as well as matters concerning OTC and President Rodrigo Duterte’s flagship program, dubbed PUVMP.

The transport forum, held across the Zamboanga channel and organized by LTFRB-BARMM and MARINA-BARMM, along with Lamitan LGU, opened up many issues and concerns about transport operations within the BARMM, including what direction they must take towards modernization of their units and how soon.

During the forum, Mr. Camagay, conducted an orientation on the salient features of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), focusing on its positive effects and developments it brings about, not just in the metropolis, but also in the countryside.

For his part, Atty. Oberio discussed the benefits of becoming OTC-accredited transport cooperatives (TCs), BARMM having the lowest at only 19 accredited TCs.

He went on to discuss further the functions of OTC, how to become a cooperative, the processes into becoming accredited TCs through the conduct of Cooperative Education and Transport Operation Seminar and other requirements from the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).

An open forum followed the presentations of Mr. Camagay and Atty. Oberio, even as BARMM MARINA Head Alonto A. Sahiron and LTFRB BARMM Regional Director Kaizer M. Nasilin also entertained inquiries from the participants, along with the OTC-PMO executives.

Prior to the transport forum with the stakeholders in Lamitan, the group met with Lamitan City Vice Mayor Roderick H. Furigay, at the Lamitan City Mayor’s Office. Atty. Oberio and Mr. Camagay discussed with Vice Mayor Furigay the purpose of the visit, focusing on coordination efforts with the city, being part of BARMM;

Vice Mayor Furigay, then, endorsed the OTC-LTFRB-MARINA contingent to the city’s planning officer and technical staff for further coordination.

Corollary to the Basilan transport forum, a coordination meeting was held in Zamboanga City among OTC PMO-PUVMP executives Atty. Oberio and Mr. Camagay, LTFRB-BARMM Regional Director Nasilin, LTFRB-Sulu representative Anwar T. Sawadjaan, MARINA Tawi-Tawi Head Ibrahim Rugasan, LTFRB-BARMM representative Luqman A. Hassan, with Camcer Ordonez Imam and Aliya Ismael, Regional Desk Officers of Region 10 and Region 9, respectively, acting as secretariat.

Among the issues raised with Tawi-Tawi MARINA were on routes, of which 90% of the transactions occur within the Tawi-Tawi area; the ports situation, which “hardly can” cater to modernized bancas due to narrow paths and strong current; motorized bancas made of fiber glass are very expensive, and that poor operators alone cannot afford to purchase and implement the modernization; and that operators are mostly sea gipsy (badjaos), and are uneducated.

The OTC-PMO executives suggested the formation of cooperatives among banca operators, and to “consider joining existing multipurpose cooperatives to ease up organizational processes,” according to Atty. Oberio.

The OTC team conducted the BARMM coordination meetings and stakeholders’ forum, following the directive issued by OTC OIC-Chairperson, Engr. Eugene M. Pabualan, to “reach out to BARMM, and assist transport stakeholders in the Muslim autonomous region comply with the mandate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to transform transport associations into becoming legal entities to avail of the modernization program via the government financing institutions.”

BARMM, replaced the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with the ratification of its basic law, the Bangsamoro Organic Law, following two-part legally-binding plebiscite in Western Mindanao held on January 21 and February 6, 2019.

OTC is an attached agency of DOTr tasked to administer and/or manage the promulgation and implementation of rules and regulations governing the promotion, organization, registration (accreditation) supervision, and development of the transportation cooperatives nationwide pursuant to E.O. 898 dated May 28, 1983. (PR)


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