Trans­port firm or­dered closed

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THE MAKATI City gov­ern­ment in a state­ment on Thurs­day, Nov. 9, said its Busi­ness Per­mit and Li­cense Of­fice (BPLO) had closed down a trans­port firm en­gaged in a

“ha­bal-ha­bal” type (mo­tor­cy­cle) of trans­porta­tion ser­vice for op­er­at­ing with­out a valid busi­ness per­mit from the city gov­ern­ment.

BPLO chief Marib­ert Q. Pa­gente said an Or­der of De­sis­tance/Clo­sure was is­sued on Thurs­day to Angkas Train­ing Cen­ter lo­cated at Na­tivi­dad Build­ing along Chino Ro­ces Av­enue in Makati.

BPLO in­spec­tors, in co­or­di­na­tion with the Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB), Land Trans­for­ma­tion Of­fice, and High­way Pa­trol Group, con­ducted an ac­tual in­spec­tion of the said es­tab­lish­ment that failed to present a valid busi­ness per­mit.

The in­spec­tion and sub­se­quent clo­sure of Angkas arose from a re­quest by the LTFRB for the Makati City mayor’s of­fice to pro­vide as­sis­tance in ap­pre­hend­ing the es­tab­lish­ment, which the Makati City gov­ern­ment said was re­port­edly in­volved in a num­ber of traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

In a state­ment e-mailed to the me­dia on Thurs­day, Angkas con­firmed LTFRB Board Mem­ber Aileen Lizada’s visit Thurs­day morn­ing, say­ing it “re­grets not be­ing able to wel­come and di­a­logue with Board Mem­ber Lizada as key man­agers were out of of­fice.”

“We look for­ward to dis­cussing the Board’s con­cerns with Angkas and find a way to­wards reg­u­la­tion for this space,” the state­ment also said.

Angkas also said it “has al­ways been open to reg­u­la­tion.”

The state­ment noted fur­ther: “There are thou­sands of ha­bal-ha­bal rid­ers op­er­at­ing in Metro Manila and other cities in the coun­try. The growth of ha­bal-ha­bal mo­tor­cy­cles is un­abated due to the grow­ing need for faster travel in con­gested tight city streets.”

“If left un­reg­u­lated, ha­bal-ha­bal and other in­for­mal mo­tor­cy­cle-taxi op­er­a­tions will con­tinue to flour­ish with­out the ben­e­fit of safety pro­cesses, train­ing stan­dards and in­sur­ance cov­er­age.” “That is what Angkas wants to change.” “We ask our good Sec­re­tary of Trans­porta­tion, Sec­re­tary Arthur Tu­gade, through the LTFRB Board, to re­spect­fully con­sider an amend­ment to de­part­ment or­der 2015-011 to al­low two-wheeled ve­hi­cles un­der the TNVS cat­e­gory. Do­ing so will firmly put Angkas and all mo­tor­cy­cle-taxis of­fi­cially un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the LTFRB.”

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