It looks like newly appointed Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) executive director Alvin Carullo is making it a point to hear out all sides as the agency looks into proposed toll rate increases.
In a statement, Carullo—who is two weeks fresh from being appointed TRB executive director by President Rodrigo Duterte—said that he will be studying applications for toll increases and expects to strike a balance between rates proposed by operators and the welfare of Filipino motorists.
“Toll rates should not be too low as to be confiscatory nor so high as to be oppressive,” Carullo stressed, also saying the TRB’s consultation process will remain transparent.
Carullo also shared that the TRB needs to be more proactive when it comes to toll regulations and that the agency needs to expedite the development and construction of Philippine toll projects. He also bared that the TRB will undergo manpower augmentation to ensure the agency fulfills its functions efficiently, and that the agency must rely on the professionalism of its employees if it wants to fulfill its mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“To our TRB officials and staff, I expect your full support and cooperation. The TRB plays a vital role in our transportation infrastructure system and should be a catalyst for economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Carullo said.
Hopefully, Carullo’s tenure leading the TRB will go smoother than that of his predecessor, Abraham Sales. Cross your fingers, guys.