LTO Region VI officers under fire for apprehending BPO vans and making call center agents walk home

LTO Region VI officers under fire for apprehending BPO vans and making call center agents walk home

- Several LTO Region VI officers came under fire from the public after they reportedly confiscated vans hired by BPO industries to service call center agents

- Reports made by local media in Bacolod City indicated that they flagged the vans and confiscated the licenses of the drivers

- The call center agents who were supposed to be taken home were made to walk several kilometers to go home

- The said officers entered Bacolod City without going through the mandatory 14-day quarantine for persons entering the city from a place with a confirmed COVID case

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Several LTO Region VI officers came under fire after they reportedly apprehended and took the licenses of the drivers of vans hired by BPO companies to service their employees in Bacolod City. The passengers of the vans, who were call center agents were then compelled to walk home.

Heard over the radio broadcast were reports that there were call center agents who were pregnant. The LTO didn't only apprehend one but several vans, with some apprehensions reportedly having taken place at night.

As per Aksyon Radyo Bacolod, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran is considering placing the officers under the mandatory 14-day quarantine, which they were not able to comply with.

As per the LTO officers, they will charge the drivers with a P200,000 fine saying that they did not acquire a special permit from the agency to operate.

However, Vice Mayor Familiaran is seriously considering of placing the said officers under quarantine.

The Vice Mayor, along with the other officials of Bacolod City held a meeting with the LTO Region VI officers.

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In a previous report by KAMI, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into the now ongoing enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.

The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.

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