By Ernie Reyes
Inside a motor vehicle inspection system center (PMVIC) (TopGear photo courtesy)
MANILA – Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday blasted the Department of
Transportation (DOTr) for “secretly” reviving the private motor
vehicle inspection centers (PMVICs) amid price hike of oil products
In a statement, Poe, chairman of the Senate committee on public
services said that the revival of the PMVICs in some areas at a
time, when oil prices are uncontrollably rising, poses a two-fold blow
on vehicle owners, drivers, and ordinary Filipinos barely recovering
from the pandemic.
“Various reports have reached our office that PMVICs are now allowed
to unduly operate in several provinces after they were earlier
suspended pending further review,” Poe said.
Poe asked that what were the results of the review?
“Were the recommendations in the Senate committee report considered?
Has there been wider consultation to know the sentiments of the
affected sectors?” she said.
The lady senator said that there’s no question we all want safety in
travels, but this should be driven by sound and compassionate policies
that would not add to the burden of our people.
“The PMVICs should not be like a sword of Damocles hovering over the
heads of our people that could be allowed at whim,” Poe stressed.
“Huwag naman walang pakundangan at malasakit na biglaang ipasasalang
ang sasakyan ng ating mga kababayan sa mga PMVIC sa gitna ng hagupit
ng pandemya,” she ended. (AI/MTVN)