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Transportation chief summoned to explain restart of services

By John McPhaul


Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Reps. Luis Vega Ramos and Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez summoned on Sunday Transportation and Public Works (DTOP by its Spanish acronym) Secretary Carlos Contreras to explain what plans, if any, are being implemented for the restart of services to citizens, scheduled for Sept. 1, in view of the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This has the potential to become the next chaos, like the one we’ve been experiencing in the Labor Department with

the handling of unemployment insurance claims,” Vega Ramos said in a written statement. “It is a risk, both for citizens and for DTOP employees. That is why we are asking, in time, that the contingency plans be adopted and published and that explanations be given to the people.”

Hernández Montañez said meanwhile that he is concerned that the necessary safeguards are not being taken, as well as the adoption of a comprehensive plan, to prevent the reactivation of DTOP services to citizens from becoming a repetition of the situation in the Department of Labor and Human Resources. The PDP legislators sent a letter to the DTOP secretary in which they stated the information they are seeking.

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