By Ercel Maandig
Cagayan de Oro – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Northern Mindanao on Friday converged for a Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board(LTFRB) Region-10 attended the convergence and is the focal agency to discuss for the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) to be required in a Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Award criteria.
Region 10 has among the lowest turnout in the whole country for development routes in LPTRP crafting from the Local Government Units with only 5 approved,said LTFRB Region-10 Regional Director Abo Samen H. Matuan. The 5 approved routes crafted are from Cagayan de Oro City,Tangub City in Misamis Occidental Province,Manolo Fortich town in Bukidnon Province and Matungao town in the province of Lanao del Norte.
Transport Cooperatives and Corporations can file a case against LGU’s who did not cooperate with the crafting of LPTRP for “dereliction of duty” but nobody dared to file a case, Matuan said.
“With this strategy to include LPTRP in the SGLG criteria,LGU’s will be pushed to craft Development routes for the Public Utility Vehicle(PUV) modernization” Matuan reiterated.
The Northern Mindanao Region of LTFRB is now in the verge for a digitalization by creating “Central Public Utility Vehicle Monitoring System(CPUVMS)” division to fastly determine LGU’s who still not comply for the crafting of development routes and to immediately determine the trip cutting violation from drivers since all Taxis,Utility Vehicle Express,Shuttle Services,Public Utility Buses and Modern Public Utility Vehicles will be compulsory required to install a GPS system.
The convergence was led by DILG-10 Assistant Regional Director Yvette T. Sunga to further strengthen the collaboration among agencies,and remain steadfast to their commitment, as a committee and as a task force.
Meanwhile,DILG-10 acknowledges the 54 Local Government Units(LGUs) of Region-10 who passed the 2022 Child Friendly Local Governance Audit.
The said LGUs were assessed using the indicators categorized under 5 core rights of children such as survival, development, protection, participation and governance. Moreover, all 54 LGUs will be conferred with the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance.