MANILA, Philippines – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) on Tuesday, August 13, ordered the automatic approval of all pending completed transportation network vehicle services (TNVS) applications.
In turn, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is mandated to issue the corresponding Certificates of Public Convenience (CPCs).
The order was made in light of complaints received by ARTA regarding numerous pending completed applications only awaiting CPCs.
ARTA is an agency under the Office of the President that has the authority to investigate and file cases against inefficient agencies or individuals, in line with ease of doing business and anti-red tape reform.
The applications have all been paid for and heard 20 days after the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 was implemented.
Section 10 of the act states that if a government office fails to approve or disapprove a request for certification within the prescribed processing time, the application will be deemed approved, provided all documentary requirements and fees have been completed.
Consequently, LTFRB was ordered to issue the corresponding CPCs and other certifications applied for.
The LTFRB is set to release 5,061 CPCs, with 1,130 pending to be processed within two weeks.
In addition, LTFRB was directed to provide a list of all pending applications with completed fees and requirements within 3 days of this order.
Department of Tranportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has instructed Undersecretary for Road Transport Mark De Leon to ensure LTFRB's immediate implementation of this order, provided that the documents and requirements were indeed completed by the applicants.
Furthermore, LTFRB was ordered to review and revise its Citizen's Charter in accordance with ARTA's policy recommendations, also including the documentary requirements and processing time specific to TNVS applications. It will be subject to review by ARTA.
The 2017 LTFRB Citizen's Charter currently provides the requirements and duration for the issuance of a new CPC, but does not include specific stipulations for TNVS applications.
Loreben Tuquero is a researcher-writer for Rappler. Before transferring to Rappler's Research team, she covered transportation, Quezon City, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government as a reporter. She graduated with a communication degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.