ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) – Region 9 conducted an inspection of alleged van colorum operation near the Zamboanga City Integrated Bus Terminal (ZC-IBT) in MCLL Highway, Divisoria area on 10 June 2022.

Ms. Therry Lumawig, Executive Assistant of LTFRB Board Member P/COL. Joel C. Pernito (Ret.), informed Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on the matter, following a concern raised during the Open Forum of the 1st Mindanao Land Transportation Security Summit (MLTSS) virtually organized last 09 June 2022.

During the said Summit, ZC-IBT Supervising Transportation Regulation Officer Mr. Rafael Derick Evangelista III informed key officials and participants that “the terminal is reiterating its call for the agencies to do something on all the colorum vans that are picking up passengers in front or at the other side of the highway where the terminal is located.”

“Actually, these vans have sort of converted the area into a “terminal” beside a billiard area. Everybody knows where these vans are located and it is right across the highway in front of ZC – IBT,” Evangelista further revealed.

The existence of illegal van transport services that are non-compliant to the rules and regulations of Land Transportation Office (LTO), Office for Transportation Security (OTS), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), LTFRB, bus terminal operators, and Local Government Units (LGUs), was one of the key issues discussed during the MLTSS.

Other critical agenda that transpired in the said event were stricter law enforcement and intelligence, crafting of integrated security plans by the bus and bus terminal operators and concerned LGUs, and Mindanao inter-agency efforts on strengthening transportation security, among others.

Led by MinDA, OTS, and BARMM – Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), the Summit aimed at convening government agencies, LGU officials, bus owners and bus terminal operators, and private sector to tackle land transportation security issues and challenges in Mindanao.#

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