COTABATO CITY—Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC), through its Bangsamoro Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (BLTFRB), held its first stakeholders’ conference for the land transport (LT) cooperatives on July 12 in Cotabato City.
The activity aimed to discuss among the LT co-ops one of the ministry’s goals which is to provide fast, safe, efficient, and reliable public land transportation to the commuting public of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Twenty (20) different LT co-ops from the provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Cotabato City attended the activity. Of which, three representatives (co-ops) were selected yesterday. One of these representatives will sit as a member of the board to represent the voice of the sector and shall help craft the policy of the BLTFRB Board.
BLTFRB General Manager Kaizer Nasilin emphasized after the transfer of powers, functions, assets, and properties from LTFRB National to BARMM, it can now issue franchises in the region.
“Nakasaad doon sa Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) na pinirmihan with DOTR Secretary Arthur Tugade, na aside sa pag-transfer ng powers and functions of LTFRB National to BARM, pwede na rin kami maka-issue ng franchises sa region,” he said.
He also noted that during this pandemic, the BLTFRB has also implemented rules and health protocols to the different terminals in region.
Meanwhile, MOTC Deputy Minister Abunawas L. Maslamama said it is a reciprocal obligation of the transport services to collaborate with the office as it aims to regulate full powers and control in its area of jurisdiction.
He also urged the body to choose among the running qualified candidates, who will serve as the voice of the transport sector, to raise their issues and concerns to the body.
MOTC Director-General Roslaine Macao-Maniri, Land Transport Sector Director Datunor Abutazil, and other personnel from other sectors were also present during the conference. (Bangsamoro Information Office)