The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is looking for new hires to fill up positions in the newly created PUV Inspection Unit.

After a string of accidents caused by or involving public utility vehicles in 2014, the LTFRB is coming into the new year with more stringent measures to make sure that certain safety standards are met by PUVs and their operators.

This is a nationwide move by the LTFRB to cover some 400,000 PUVs across the Philippines.  The agency is now in the process of hiring 145 PUV inspectors, 40 of which will be assigned to the LTFRB Central Office in Quezon City and 20 more covering the National Capital Region.  The rest will be divided amongst the 12 other regions and broken down as follows.

Region 1 (San Fernando, La Union): 7

Region 2 (Tuguegarao, Cagayan): 2

Region 3 (San Fernando, Pampanga): 15

Region 4 (Lipa City, Batangas): 15

Region 5 (Legazpi City, Albay): 6

Region 6 (Iloilo City): 10

Region 7 (Cebu City): 6

Region 8 (Tacloban City): 6

Region 9 (Zamboanga City): 2

Region 10 (Cagayan De Oro City): 8

Region 11 (Davao City): 6

Region 12 (Cotabato City): 2

The role of the inspectors has been defined based on the ‘Safer Journeys on the Road’ program and part of it is to “strengthen (the) LTFRB's inspections of about 400,000 PUV units in the entire Philippines, their terminals, garages and administrative offices and documents."

In line with the modernization program of the LTFRB, the inspection will focus on the age limit policy of PUVs set by the agency.  "We need qualified personnel to impose the Board’s Phase-Out Policy in line with our aim of modernizing PUVs plying our national road," said LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez.

Aside from the aforementioned duties, newly hired PUV inspectors will also be used in anti-colorum operations run by the agency and will also assist in the investigation of accident involving PUVs and the apprehension of operators caught violating regulations.

Applicants must have at least two years of college education, one year experience in a land transportation related occupation and a ‘good and upright moral character.’  The position in on a contractual basis and the salary is minimum wage based on the rate per region.

Applications for the 40 positions in the Central Office may be sent to the acting administrative division chief Marilou Mea at [email protected]

The LTFRB has set a January 10 deadline for application submission.