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What Is The Meaning Of “Colorum”?

COLORUM – In this article, we are going to learn about the meaning of the popular Filipino slang word “Colorum” based on context.

If you’re from the Philippines, chances are you’ve heard the word “colorum”. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what dialect you speak in, “colorum” is a word everybody understands.

Colorum is a slang word used to describe illegal public transport in the country. According to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LFRB), the word colorum was first used in 1973 as part of the “anti-colorum” campaign of President Marcos.

Colorum Meaning: Filipino Slang Word "Colorum" Meaning
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According to the LTFRB, here are some examples of colorum vehicles:

  • A private motor vehicle operating as a PUV but without proper authority from the LTFRB
  • A PUV operating outside of its approved route or area without a prior permit from the Board or outside the exceptions provided under existing memorandum
  • A PUV operating differently from its authorized denomination (ex. those approved as school service but operating as UV express, or those approved as tourist bus transport but operating as city or provincial bus); and
  • A PUV with suspended or cancelled CPC and the Decision/Order of suspension or cancellation is executory; and
  • A PUV with expired CPC and without a pending application for extension of validity timely filed before the Board.

You could usually know if a vehicle is considered a colorum if it’s unregistered or unlicensed.

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