Traffic chief claims apprehension of colorum vans triggers recall of deputation

May 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

DAGUPAN CITY – Are the officials of the Land Transportation Office protecting ‘colorum’ passenger vans that operate in Pangasinan?
Public Order & Safety Office Chief Carlito O. Ocampo said this could be the reason why he and some of his men were stripped by the LTO of the power to issue Temporary Operator’s Permit to drivers of these colorum vans.
 “Dahil alam ko may nahuli kaming dalawang colorum plying Urdaneta –Dagupan last week. I don’t know if that triggered this ban,” he told reporters.
Ocampo said the vans they flagged down were two of the 40 vans illegally plying this city and Urdaneta City.
He said the vans do not even have a terminal here.
Ocampo told reporters that when LTO Regional Director Teofilo Guadiz III declared in a television interview that he and members of the POSO were not deputized by his office as LTO agents.
“The truth of the matter I am deputized by the LTO. The proof of which is my ID, at the back of which are the signature and the printed name of Attorney Teofilo Guadiz III. I think this is enough to prove that I am a deputized agent of the LTO,” he said.
 Ocampo said the LTO even gave him a booklet of Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOP) so he could issue them to violators.
But Guadiz ignored Ocampo’s explanation as the former circulated a letter to drivers and operators in Pangasinan that Ocampo and his men were not deputized to apprehend drivers.

Guadiz told Sunday Punch Newspaper that Ocampo is not qualified to be deputized because the transportation code requires that only regular employees can qualify and Ocampo is only a contractual worker of the city government.
“A letter circulated to all members of the transport sector purportedly signed by Guadiz claims that POSO enforcers, including Ocampo, are not authorized to enforce national traffic rules nor to issue traffic violation tickets and confiscate driver’s licenses. Guadiz said LTO and its deputized agents cannot impound colorum vehicles since that is a function reserved for the Land Transportation Regulation and Franchising Board (LTFRB),”the newspaper said.
 When told that Guadiz wanted to revoke police deputization, Ocampo said if the LTO wanted to cancel their deputization then the transportation office just wasted their time when it conducted a seminar for them.
“They must show justification.  We had seminar for two days before we were deputized. To just recall the deputization without due process was unfair,” he said.
 Recently, a member of a jeepney organization plying the Downtown Loop went to Sonshine Radio and exposed the collusion of LTO personnel and the president of his organization in requiring all the front windshields of the public utility jeeps to have a sticker that costs P100 monthly so they would not be harassed by the LTO enforcers.
 “One thousand jeeps in Pangasinan multiplied by one hundred pesos t is one hundred thousand pesos a month for the LTO and the presidents of the jeepney’s organizations who are in cahoots with the corrupt officials of the LTO,” the whistle blower, who asked for anonymity, said.
LTO District Chief Richard Agbayani denied this accusation when interviewed by this paper.
In the past, the LTO regional office in San Fernando City in La Union was accused of being recipients of sums from bus operators.
 Media reports including this paper said that certain bus company based in Lingayen, Pangasinan bribes LTO officials in the region and the province for P30 thousand a month for the use of these improvised plates.
 “Dito sa Pangasinan nakaka half-a-million pesos na in a month ang LTO dahil diyan sa kambal plaka,” a source who asked not to be named told this paper.
 Guadiz, when asked about this accusation, said he did not know about the protection money that changed hands between rogue LTO personnel at the Region-1 office in La Union and the province and the conspiring franchisee.

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