Participants of the Conference on Local Public Transport Route Plan.

The CALABARZON RDC conducted the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) Conference on November 20, 2020 via Zoom video conference to facilitate and expedite the preparation, review and approval of the LPTRPs in the region. The Conference provided a venue for better understanding of the coverage of municipalities and cities that will prepare their LPTRPs. “Those included in the Metro Manila Urban Transportation Integration Study Update and Capacity Enhancement Project (MUCEP) do not need to prepare their LPTRPs but the Study consultant will ask for their inputs”, according to Mr. Joemier Pontawe of DOTr.

The LPTRP Conference started with an opening message of the RDC Co-Chairperson Ladislao Andal. He said that the Conference was conducted because the transport service cooperatives are unable to apply for new transport routes since majority of the LGUs in CALABARZON have no approved LPTRP. “I hope the Conference helps to identify the issues and recommendations on LPTRP preparation”, said Co-Chairperson Andal.

The Conference proceeded with an overview of the activity, presentations of the related circulars of DOTr, LTFRB and DILG, status of LPTRPs of selected local government units (LGUs), and issues of transport service cooperatives, and an open forum. During the open forum, it turned-out that the cities of Bacoor and Carmona, included in MUCEP areas, prepared and submitted their LPTRPs to DOTr but the agency did not give any feedback to them. Mr. Pontawe promised to provide the said cities a reply letter on November 27, 2020.

RDC Vice-Chairperson Luis Banua in his closing message, expressed thanks to DOTr, CDA, DILG, LTO, LTFRB, NEDA and LGUs that made the Conference possible. “The RDC is always open to assist you in coordinating with the regional and national agencies, and even provide venue for discussion such as this conference. However, I would like to emphasize that the LGUs play a critical role in the finalization of the LPTRPs”, he said.

Alan T. Del Socorro, NEDA Region IV-A | November 24, 2020