An official from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) has proposed the idea of bringing back public transport corporations, like the Metro Manila Transit Corporation of the 1970’s that operated the ‘Love Bus,’ to handle all the comprehensive planning of transport services and then bid them out to qualified operators.
“We need to bring back the public transport corporation... Congress can help us by creating a public transport corporation that will be managing the service contracts with private sector, like the old Love Bus. We need to tweak legal institutions and structures to be responsive to mobility issues,” said DoTC Assistant Secretary Sherielysse Bonifacio.
According to Ms. Bonifacio, the current system of simply granting franchises to jeepney and bus operators will not alleviate our mobility problems.
“Currently, our system is through the granting of franchise. We now have so many people in Metro Manila, so we can’t look at it per application basis. We need a network plan to ensure that everything is covered. We need a public transport corporation that would take care of network planning of transport services and to bid out those services to qualified bus operators,” added Ms. Bonifacio.
The corporation will be tasked to plan routes and the number of public utility vehicles (PUV) it can accommodate at any given time and then bid it out to qualified operators.
House Tranportatin Committee Chairman and Catanduanes Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento noted the DoTC proposal but suggested the drafting of a comprehensive mobility law that encompasses all forms of transportation.
“The mobility law will serve as a guideline for all. The public transport corporation, we will try to (see). Before, there was the Metro Manila Transit being run as a private corporation with the Love Bus,” said Rep. Sarmiento.