LTFRB-10 to LGUs: National guidelines prevail over local policies
By : Jigger Jerusalem Mindanao Today/06:40:02am 08/16/2021
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In light of shifting levels of quarantine measures put in place by authorities, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-10 (LTFRB-10) has reminded local government units to implement health protocols that will align with the regulations set by the national government, particularly on movement of public utility of vehicles amid the pandemic.
As the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has remained significantly higher in Northern Mindanao and elsewhere in the country, local officials have initiated policies aimed at curbing the spread of infection.
But Aminoden Guro, LTFRB-10 regional director, said the policies being drawn up by the national government must have prevailing authority over any initiatives being carried out by local governments, specifically on the movement of interregional and interprovincial public transportation.
He said essential workers, front liners, and authorized persons outside residence (APORs) should be allowed to travel, whether on board private vehicles or public transport.
Guro cited interagency task force resolution 98-A, which states APORS, especially government employees, should be “allowed unimpeded travel to their place of destination, and shall not be required to undergo mandatory testing and/or quarantine protocols” of the LGU of destination.
LTFRB-10’s reminder came after the provincial government of Misamis Occidental, through executive order 82 signed by Gov. Philip Tan, has declared earlier this month that public utility vehicles carrying passengers from Cagayan de Oro and Gingoog will not be allowed entry into the province due to these cities’ enhanced community quarantine classification.
He said the LTFRB-10 has recommended that Tan to amend his order, adding that under the Omnibus Guidelines, road, rail, maritime and aviation sectors of public transportation “shall be allowed to operate at such capacity and protocols in accordance with guidelines issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).”
Guro added the governor’s director will not be fair to the riding public in general.
“Passengers not from those cities [Cagayan de Oro and Gingoog] will be deprived, like those from Misamis Oriental, Iligan, Lanao del Norte,” he said.
Besides, Guro said national guidelines must prevail over local ones.
“Guidelines from the national task force must not be surpassed by policies from local governments,” he said.