Look: This time, it’s the new LTFRB chief who’s taking public transportation

Is this real life?
by Drei Laurel | Jul 13, 2022
PHOTO: Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

It looks like both the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are following through on their respective heads’ willingness to commute like common folk.

A week ago, it was transportation secretary Jaime Bautista who boarded the MRT-3 “incognito” to get a feel for the commuting situation on the ground. Now, it’s new LTFRB chief Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil who’s getting a taste of the EDSA Busway.

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The LTFRB recently posted images of the transport official waiting in line at one of the EDSA Carousel’s terminals with dozens of other passengers. Velicaria-Garafil started the trip in Monumento and dropped by the Parañaque Integrated Exchange Terminal (PITX) down south, where she was walked around the facility by PITX personnel.

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Velicaria-Garafil’s commute came not long after DOTr head Jaime Bautista said that he and his counterpart in the LTFRB are willing to take public transportation.

This is a nice gesture, but perhaps a better eye-opener would be to take public transport from home to office, then back. And unless real improvements are made to the commuting situation, this might just end up being another photo op. What changes would you like to see made to the EDSA Busway? Let us know in the comments.

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