House Committee on Transportation chairman Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento assured Sunday the commuting public that the House of Representatives is exhausting all means to pass a measure seeking to legalize the operations of motorcycle taxis.
He expressed the House’s commitment to come up with a measure that would thresh out all the issues concerning the operations of motorcycle taxis.
“Ayaw naman po natin na magpapasa ng batas na hindi natin napapag-aaralan. Asahan ninyo po dito sa Kamara, lahat po ay gagawin natin, bibilisan natin ito, magtiwala po kayo. As chairman ng Committee on Transportation, lahat po ay gagawin po natin sa ikabubuti ng mananakay,” Sarmiento told DZBB in an interview, two days after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced that motorcycle taxis like Angkas are allowed to operate to augment the capacity of the mass transport system and boost the economy.
(We don’t pass a law without studying it. Expect that here in House of Representatives, we will exhaust all means we will expedite this, have faith in us. As chairman of the Committee on Transportation, we will do everything for the welfare of our commuting public)
He said they are still awaiting the guidelines from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) before they jumpstart deliberations on measures calling for the legalization of the operations of motorcycle taxis.
“Kulang na lang po ang guidelines pero pinahintulutan na po ng IATF. Hinihintay na lang po ang official na guidelines kasi may protocol talaga ise-set ang IATF, idadaan nila dito sa LTFRB. Pag nakuha po nila, wari ko bukas puwede na sila magsimula,” Sarmiento when asked if the pilot study on the continued operations of motorcycle taxis has already resumed.
(We’re waiting for the guidelines, but it was allowed by the IATF. We are just waiting for the official guidelines because the IATF will set a protocol, this will be passed through the LTFRB. Once they get it, I think it can start tomorrow)
He said the House is also awaiting the economic study on the viability of the motorcycle taxis, as well as data on search pricing and the relations between the drivers and the motorcycle taxi firms.