MANILA, Philippines-A system that will speed up and more efficiently deliver truckers using quick response (QR) codes has been turned over to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), according to the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).
In a statement sent to reporters on Wednesday, ARTA urged truckers to use the Unified Logistics Pass (ULP), which will eliminate the problem of the need for different passes required by the respective local government units (LGUs. ).
Undersecretary Ernesto Perez, officer-in-charge of ARTA, said this is also the agency’s contribution to the logistics industry, especially in rising oil prices due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia-Ukraine conflict.
“We’re all victims of rising fuel prices so, the smallest thing we can do is make truckers travel smoother, easier, and faster from the point of entry to the exit,” Perez said.
“That’s the smallest thing we can do to help the Logistics sector increase productivity and competitiveness and enhance our recovery from the pandemic situation,” he added.
Under the ULP system, trucking companies can obtain the pass after applying for a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) from the LTFRB, or when they apply for accreditation in the special economic zones where they can go.
Using the unified application form, truckers can simultaneously apply for accreditation in other port authorities and economic zones, in addition to having a uniform payment system through a one-stop shop.
The QR code will be provided to the company, which can be scanned by the authorities from any of the ports, economic zones, or even the LGUs.
According to ARTA, the National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) office of the Department of Science and Technology, with the assistance of Developers Connect Philippines (DEVCON), provided 250 mobile scanners and 344 power banks to LTFRB for pilot implementation of the program.
The idea is said to have come from observing the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) RapidPass system, used during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to determine whether vehicles moving in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces are authorized people outside. of residence (APOR).
LTFRB Information Technology Officer III Ariel Marace thanked ARTA for fulfilling its mandate to improve government services.
“ULP would not be possible, successful without the participation of agencies, especially ARTA,” Marace said.
(ULP would not have been possible and successful without the participation of government agencies, especially ARTA.)
Marace also appealed to truckers and ports to cooperate with government offices – as Perez noted that some ports refuse to use the ULP system even though it has no government cost and ARTA training.
“We are also asking for the cooperation of our truckers, especially in our ports, so that we can really promote this project. Especially now we are having a hard time, first with the pandemic, second with the war we are going through now, ”he added.
“We ask for the cooperation of our truckers, especially in our ports, because we hope that we will support this project. We need it in these times of difficulty, firstly because of the pandemic and secondly because of the war that has affected the world.) In reports from Andy Hoo, INQUIRER.net trainee
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