Bacolod becomes the second highly-urbanized city in the Philippines to have its new local route plan approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Mayor Evelio Leonardia handed over the Local Public Transportation Route Plan or, the LPTRP, to the LTFRB in a ceremony attended by transport group members and city officials at the Bacolod City Government Center lobby Wednesday, January 12, a press release from his office said.
Leonardia turned over the city’s route plan to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, III.
Joining them were LTFRB Regional Director Richard Osmeña, Councilor Dindo Ramos, former Councilor Bobby Rojas and Bacolod City Development Council vice chairman George Zulueta.
Ramos, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Transportation and Traffic, is the main proponent of City Ordinance No. 966 that adopts the Local Public Transport Route Plan and provides policies and guidelines for its implementation and other purposes.
Prior to the approval of the ordinance, Leonardia also issued Executive Order No. 10, in 2019 that pushed for the creation of the Bacolod City Local Public Transport Route Plan team and committee spearheaded by City Planning and Development Office chief Mary Jean Ramos.
The push for the LGU to prepare an LPTRP is part of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).
Osmena said Bacolod’s plan of 24 routes and 1, 099 units is “another milestone for the City of Smiles.”
Delgra called the PUVMP as “more than a milestone,” not only for Bacolod, but for the entire country being the largest non-infrastructure project of the Duterte administration.
“The work that we need to do in having to modernize our public transport system does not rest only on the LTFRB or DOTr. We have partners to make this happen. Among the partners and sectors that we need to work closely with is the LGU,” he said.*