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Regional directors, representatives of the government agencies, and some private stakeholders together with Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and other officials witness the inauguration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga’s new Science and Technology Center, as well as the groundbreaking of its Metrology Laboratory at the Caraga State University (CSU) Campus, Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta. (PIA-Caraga)

PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012

Issuance of permit to single motorcycles for public transport, LGU’s discretion – DOTC

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) –- Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Caraga Assistant Regional Dir. Roman Jumawan recently said it is the discretion of the local government units whether or not to issue permit to single motorcycles that are used for transporting the riding public.

Jumawan said that as of press time, DOTC-Caraga does not issue yellow plate numbers to single motorcycles that are used for passenger’s transportation, specifically the “skylab” and “habal-habal” that are used for public transportation in the hinterlands and far-flung barangays and barrios.

“Wala pa ta mag-isyu dinhi sa DOTC-Caraga og permit ngadto sa mga tag-iya sa mga single motorcycles nga pagagamiton sa pag-transport sa mga pasahero, gawas sa mga tricycles,” Jumawan said.

(We were not able to issue here in DOTC-Caraga permit to owners of single motorcycles to be used for transporting passengers, except for tricycles.)

Jumawan added there is no legal basis yet for the single motorcycles to be issued with yellow plate numbers, which is intended for vehicles for public transportation or “for hire”.

“Sa pagkakaron, wala pa’y legal basis para i-yellow plate kana sila,” Jumawan said.

(Presently, there is no legal basis to issue yellow plate for single motorcycles.)

However, the DOTC official of the region said the local government units have the discretion to issue permits to owners of this transport vehicle and it’s up to them if they will grant permit to make the transporting of passengers legal.

“Tinuod kana nga adunay lugar dinhi sa Caraga Region kung diin ang LGU naga-isyu og permit sa mga ‘habal-habal’ for hire… Discretion na kana sa matag LGU,” the official said.

(It is true that there are areas here in Caraga Region where the LGU has issued permit to ‘habal-habal’ for hire… That is the discretion of every LGU.)

Jumawan added that DOTC-Caraga does not issue yellow plate numbers to these type of transport vehicle. (PIA-Caraga)

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