The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) gets lauded by senior citizens in City of Bacoor for its effort to implement the law by giving priority to elderly and other disadvantaged groups when boarding buses.
As per report, the LTFRB has urged bus companies and operators to implement Republic Act 967 and Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 to reserve seats in public-utility vehicles (PUV) for senior citizens, people with disabilities and pregnant women.
Leonardo Canta, Public Relations Officer of the Sorrento Senior Citizens Association in Panapaan IV of Bacoor City, had sent letters to the LTFRB to implement the law. With that, the LTFRB acted and held a consultative meeting with bus owners.
Said meeting resulted in giving priority to the elderly, PWDs and pregnant women in bus terminals. These mentioned groups are allowed to ride local buses first.
In many cases, bus conductors let young and able-bodied passengers to occupy the reserved seats. And so, older people, PWDs and pregnant women end up standing at the aisles.
Canta called to LTFRB and apprised the government agency of the situation. Buses operating in the metropolis started implementing the law after several letters. Conductors and drivers have reminded young and able-bodied passengers not to occupy the reserved seats. And now, passengers on city buses know where to sit.
However, provincial buses—particularly in Cavite—continue to ignore the law. Canta wrote to the LTFRB, citing noncompliance of the provincial buses. Canta cited Donato Dinco Jr. of the Cavite Batangas Transport Service, who keeps reminding passengers not to occupy the seats reserved for the elderly.
Source: Business Mirror