Invited in the joint hearing led by the Senate committee on public services were officials of the Department of Transportation, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Metro Manila Development Authority, Commission on Higher Education and Department of Education
Also invited were representatives from the National Center for Commuter Safety and Protection, University of the Philippines-National Center for Transportation Studies, Bestlink College Novaliches, Panda Coach Tours and Transport, and Haranah Tours, among others.
A Panda Coach bus carrying students of Bestlink College was traveling along Sitio Bayucal in Barangay (village) Sampaloc in Tanay in the morning of February 20 when it allegedly lost its brake and slammed onto a post, killing 15 people.
Media reports said the students were on their way to a camping trip at Sacramento Adventure Camp in Tanay as part of the National Service Training Program when the accident happened. IDL/rga