All cashiers at the LTFRB Central Office to be reshuffled after the arrest of a fixer

It looks like it's not just the streets of Philippines that will be cleansed. Recently, the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered the reshuffling of its cashiers assigned at the Central Office, as well as removal of all security personnel in the same office.

This comes after an entrapment operation that was conducted by the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA), the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The operation was held last July 26, 2019 wherein an alleged fixer was arrested within the LTFRB Central Office.

In addition to the reshuffling of cashiers and relieving of some of their security, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III also issued a memorandum directing all Regional Directors to subject themselves to a lifestyle check. With it, they are obliged to surrender a copy of their Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), Income Tax Return (ITR), and other documents that need to be referenced.

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“We will undertake all necessary measures to reassure the public of LTFRB’s commitment to transparent, accountable and corruption-free service to our stakeholders,” said Delgra.

This is not the first time the gov't agency has been in hot water over corruption allegations. Back in August 2016, the LTFRB conducted several reshuffling of its employees in order to deter corrupt practices that have become the norm within the agency.

Following the reshuffling days after, President Duterte then fired all presidential appointees in both the LTO and LTFRB due to the complaints that corruption was still widespread within the two gov't agencies. Then in December 2016, just a few days before Christmas, at least 92 employees were fired from their posts in the LTO and LTFRB due to corruption.