Jeepney drivers, operators still not ready for PUV modernization

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Public Utility Jeepney. FILE PHOTO: Rolito Ponte / Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines —  The implementation of the jeepney modernization program which will impose gradual repair and changes on the structure and look of the so-called “King of the Road” has taken effect.

But until now some are still unprepared for the reforms pushed by the Duterte administration.

They argue that purchasing new units that will match the government specifications is too expensive.

“The latest models from abroad are too expensive at P1.6 million. We may not be able to afford the monthly dues,” said jeepney operator Rolando Sarafica.


But there are some who understand the proposed reforms of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We cannot do anything if that is what the government wants,” Eduardo Flores, a jeepney driver said.

President Duterte has earlier asserted the continuation of the planned modernization despite the opposition of several transport groups.

“Hindi ako uupo dito, magsalita ang presidente kung hindi masusunod ang batas. January 1, kapag hindi niyo na-modernize iyan umalis na kayo (I will not sit here as president if the law will not be followed. January 1, if you have not modernized [your jeepney units], you better leave),” he said.

In a statement, Atty. Aileen Lizada of the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said, if there are those who will not comply to the modernization program then they will be forced to open the system to new players and operators.

She said they are prioritizing the passengers who wish for safe public transportation. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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