August 14, 2019
The Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA) on Tuesday ordered the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to issue the certificates of public convenience (CPC) to applicants of transport network vehicle services (TNVS) that already completed all requirements.
In a briefing in Makati, ARTA Director General Jeremiah Belgica said they issued an order dated August 13, which “declares the completeness of all pending TNVS applications before the LTFRB with complete documentary requirements, duly paid, and have been duly heard” from July 7, 2018 to July 24, 2019.
“This declaration is made in view of the various complaints received by the Authority that there are numerous pending applications with complete requirements and are just awaiting the issuance of their respective CPCs,” the order said.
“Consequently, the aforementioned applications are deemed automatically approved by operation of law. In view thereof, LTFRB is hereby ordered to issue the corresponding CPCs, or other appropriate licenses or certifications for all these TNVS applications,” the order further said.
Belgica said they are also ordering the LTFRB to furnish ARTA with a list of all pending TNVS applications that already submitted documentary requirements, have duly paid the required fees, and have been duly heard from July 7, 2018 until July 2019 but whose CPCs are yet to be issued.
The said list should be submitted within three days from receipt of the order.
Belgica said pursuant to Sections 6 and 17 of RA 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2019, LTFRB is also directed to review and revise its citizens charter.
“A citizens charter contains a summary of the mandate of the agency concerned, the transactions being made available within the agency, the requirements for every transaction, the fees to be paid, the processing time which should be within the 3-7-20 mandate of the law and the designation of all the transactions whether they are simple, complex, or highly technical,” said Belgica.
He said they will also submit to LTFRB a set of policy recommendations which will help streamline its application process.
“ It is the LTFRB who is required by law to streamline so its not ARTA who will do the streamlining for them but we have a regulatory management system within which we could make our recommendation for the proper streamlining efforts that could be made by each agency,” said Belgica.
He said some of those listed in the recommendation include the exclusion of the bank certificate of conformity as one of the requirements, and the proof of garage.
Belgica said the citizens charter of the LTFRB must take into consideration the ARTA’s policy recommendations and must include the documentary requirements and processing time specific to TNVS applications.
The revised citizens charter should be submitted to ARTA within 20 days from the receipt of the order and shall be subject to review by the authority.
“We’re requesting them to cooperate because there are findings that they are requiring other submissions to be made which are not included in their citizens charter which is again a violation of RA 11032. This actually opens up the possibility of filing of an administrative case against the persons concerned,” said Belgica.
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