Various business groups composed of foreign chambers, industry associations, and advocacy organizations are calling on Congress to immediately pass a bill seeking to create the Philippine Transportation Safety Board (PTSB). 

If passed into law, the PTSB will be responsible for the impartial investigation of transport-related accidents and incidents. 

According to the signatories, the bill is now ready for ‘immediate passing.’

“With the bicameral conference committee of both chambers having been convened, the associations and foreign chambers eagerly await the ratification of the reconciled version,” they said in a letter submitted on Wednesday (November 10). 

The group noted that the bill has been sitting before Congress for over two decades already, adding it was only during the 18th Congress that significant progress was made when it comes to approvals. 

Apart from being responsible for impartial investigations, the proposed measure will also seek to prevent transportation accidents and strictly uphold transportation safety standards.

At present, the following agencies are handling investigations on transportation-related accidents: Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Maritime Industry Authority (MIA), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Philippine National Police (PNP), Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Meanwhile, the proponents of the group pushing for the passing of the bill include the following: Air Carriers Association of the Philippines, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, and European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.

Also part of the movement is the International Air Transport Association, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines Inc., Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc., the Philippine Association of Multinational Companies Regional Headquarters Inc., and Safe Travel Alliance.

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