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NAIA Goes Offensive in Anti-Colorum Drive

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August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017, NAIA - Ten (10) days after the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) jointly signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to curb colorum operations in the country's premiere airport, the joint team of the MIAA Airport Police Department and the LTFRB has recorded 11 suspected cases of colorum operations.
The first salvo on August 10, 2017 yielded two (2) taxi units lining up at the white taxi queuing lane in NAIA Terminal (NT) 2. The franchise documents presented by the driver to the inspection team were suspected to be spurious. The vehicles were impounded and corresponding impounding receipts and inspection report summons were issued to the drivers pending investigation of their documents by the LTFRB. The second again yielded two (2) taxi units intercepted at the NT3 white taxi queuing lane. The franchise documents presented by the drivers were likewise suspected to be spurious. The taxi units were brought to the impounding area at the Nayong Pilipino compound until ordered released by the LTFRB.
On August 16, 2017, the driver of a vehicle allegedly engaged in colorum operation was apprehended by the APD in NT3 open parking area. The driver carried an expired Temporary Operators Permit. According to the prospective passenger, she was being asked to pay Five Hundred Pesos (PHP500.00) for a trip from NAIA Terminal 3 to Quiapo, Manila.
The operation conducted on August 17 resulted to the interception of two (2) Grab vehicles at NT1 departure area suspected to have spurious LTFRB Provisional Authority to Operate. The drivers and their vehicles were brought by the LTFRB Team to the LTFRB Central Office for further investigation.
Two (2) more motor vehicles and its drivers were also apprehended on the same day at the NT1 parking area. The drivers and vehicles were brought to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Central Office in Quezon City, where they were turned over for further disposition of their case.
Later in the evening of the same day, a driver suspected to be engaged in colorum operation was apprehended at NT1 pay parking area. The driver was found to have an expired Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR) ticket in his possession.
The latest case was on August 18 in NT3 where a certain "Jay" accompanied nine (9) newly arrived passengers from Cebu to the open parking and boarded them into a Mitsubishi Montero SUV which was later identified to be a private vehicle. When about to leave, the subject vehicle was flagged down by APD Traffic operatives. It was learned upon inquiry that the passengers were contracted to pay P1,250 from NT3 to Fairview Quezon City. The driver was apprehended for engaging in colorum operation. Both the driver and the vehicle were turned over to LTO for disposition.
“The task is truly a challenge to our ability to sustain our efforts given the seemingly well-entrenched system of colorum operations in NAIA. We are not only putting a stop to illegal transport operations here - we are also going after people engaged in this "enterprise," MIAA GM Ed Monreal stressed.
"MIAA cannot do the job alone. We thank the LTFRB for being our partners for change. Jointly, we will use all the powers we have in our respective mandates to ensure the protection and safety of riders against enterprising individuals or organizations operating in our premises" the airport chief said.
Earlier before the MOA with LTFRB was signed, the MIAA APD had apprehended three (3) other vehicles - a van used by Salisi gang and two (2) taxis involved in criminal cases filed by OFWs. These are currently under the custody of the MIA Authority pending the resolution of the cases in court.

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