THE Manila International Airport Authority has started the vigorous implementation of “Oplan Isnabero” and the intensified “anti-colorum” operations at the Philippines premier airport, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
According to the MIAA, both operations which was started last Saturday, were meant against erring taxi drivers who are either choosy with their passengers or illegally operating taxi cabs within the airport complex. It is being implemented by the Airport Police Department (APD) who were deputized by the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
It was learned that since the twin operations began, APD personnel are now regularly inspecting the LTFRB documents of taxis queuing at the designated lanes of the NAIA Terminal 1 arrival areas. It is a good thing that all public vehicles that were inspected since Saturday, including white taxis picking up and dropping off passengers at the Terminal 1 departure area, have complete franchising documents.
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said the taxi documentation inspection is included in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by the MIAA and the LTFRB last August 19 in an effort to curb the operation of colorum (illegal) vehicles at the NAIA.
The MOA empowered the APD to impound taxis with spurious documents, Monreal said. Adding that the ultimate aim of the operations is to improve public transport services at the country’s main gateway by strictly implementing national traffic management rules and regulations.
“The operations is not only putting a stop to illegal transport operation at the country’s premier airport, the authority is also going after people engaged in the illegal enterprise,” Monreal stressed.
Monreal, at the same time, disclosed that colorum vehicle operators will b meted fines ranging from P120,000 to P200,000 instead of the usual P1,000 fine.
Meanwhile, the MIAA also advised all passengers to always watch out for their belongings while inside the airport terminals due to the heavy volume of passengers during the holiday season.
Monreal appealed to passengers to secure all their belongings due to the rising number of misplaced and left behind luggage both at the terminal and inside the aircraft.