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Ex-LTO chief Suansing takes over LTFRB

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 9, 2009

Vows ‘good service,’ ‘discipline’

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) New Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chief Alberto Suansing vowed “good service” and to instill discipline amolng employees of the agency nationwide.

In an interview after he formally assumed office Monday, Suansing also vowed to continue all programs of his predecessor, Thompson Lantion, who is now undersecretary for maritime transport.

“Discipline. That is what we see is lacking. Inside the agency, employees should be reoriented that operators should be treated as clients,” Suansing said.

Suansing said that his leadership in the LTFRB will be characterized by AHS or “Ang Husay na Serbisyo [Good Service].” AHS also happen to be his initials.

Among Lantion’s programs that Suansing said he would continue are the “blue taxis” for mall customers; decongesting EDSA traffic by “reallocating” some buses to other routes; and finding cheaper and cleaner fuel alternatives to diesel and gasoline.

“The agency will be heavily involved in looking for new fuel other than fossil fuel,” Suansing said.

He said he is also preparing for the next fare rollback hearing on February 18.

“Public utility vehicle owners have apparently become my companions and I earnestly ask them to bear with me. I do wish I won’t be seeing demonstrations asking for my immediate ouster from the LTFRB soon. I assume office here with humility and so much apprehension, and I am fully aware of the tasks and challenges this office is facing,” he said.

Suansing said he is not new to the public transport industry. His family owned and operated a number of public transport vehicles, including jeepneys and buses.

He said he was driving a jeepney when he was just 15-years-old.

Suansing said his current position is only his second in government. Before this, he headed the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

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