Effective August 17, Sunday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the traffic enforcement arms of local government units will once again apprehend colorum public-utility vehicles, or vehicles that have not been authorized to operate on a specific route by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.
According to GMANetwork.com, the decision to once more apprehend colorum PUVs was resolved in a meeting attended by local government executives and MMDA and LTFRB representatives.
The meeting was called after the LTFRB issued two circulars and a resolution in July that suspended the operations against colorum PUVs, and allowed private truck-for-hire freight services to operate under provisional authority. The suspenion, in the end, resulted in heavy traffic in Metro Manila, particularly along Katipunan Avenue and C5 in Quezon City.
The meeting between the LGUs and the government agencies was supposedly called by Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras and Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Jose Emilio Abaya.
"[The President is] very much aware of all those things," Almendras was quoted as saying. "So he designated me to try to find a way to bridge whatever differences. Everybody agrees that this is the direction, this is the plan, this is what we need to do."
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