Ma­jor trans­port groups won't join strike next week

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MANILA

-- Ma­jor trans­port groups as­sured the pub­lic of their non-par­tic­i­pa­tion in the trans­port strike that would be staged by the Pi­nagkaisang Sama­han ng mga Tsu­per at Op­er­a­tor Na­tion­wide (PIS­TON) on Oc­to­ber 16 and 17 in protest to the pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cle (PUV) mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Jeep­ney Op­er­a­tors and Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines (FEJODAP), Al­liance of Con­cerned Trans­port Or­ga­ni­za­tions (ACTO), Liga ng Trans­porta­syon at Op­er­a­tors sa Pilip­inas (LTOP), Al­liance of Trans­port Op­er­a­tors and Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines (ALTODAP) and Pangkala­hatang Sang­gu­nian Manila and Sub­urbs Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (PASANG MASDA) de­nied PIS­TON’s claims that they sup­port the jeep­ney strike and would par­a­lyze pub­lic trans­porta­tion na­tion­wide.

The trans­port groups said the PUV mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram seeks to over­haul the pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem to meet safety, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, and emis­sion stan­dards in or­der to en­hance com­muter con­ve­nience.

“We will not be join­ing the trans­port strike. The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DOTr) has as­sured to us that there will be no phase­out of jeep­neys. The PUV Mod­ern­iza­tion only wants to en­sure the se­cu­rity of pas­sen­gers and to have an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able mode of trans­porta­tion,” ACTO Pres­i­dent Efren de Luna said in a press con­fer­ence held Wed­nes­day in Que­zon City.

The trans­port groups ap­pealed to PIS­TON to sup­port the PUV Mod­ern­iza­tion Pro­gram and come up with al­ter­na­tive poli­cies that would ad­dress their con­cer ns.

“We are ask­ing the jeep­ney groups to sup­port the gov­ern­ment in mod­ern­iz­ing the pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem in the coun­try,” ac­cord­ing to LTOP Pres­i­dent Or­lando Mar­quez.

Un­der the PUV Mod­ern­iza­tion Pro­gram, jeep­ney units that are 15 years old will be re­placed with Euro 4 en­gines or elec­tri­cally-pow­ered en­gines with so­lar pan­els for roofs. These will also be equipped with closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras, a GPS nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, an Au­to­matic Fare Col­lec­tion Sys­tem (AFCS), speed lim­iters, dash­board cam­eras, and Wi-Fi.

Lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers will present the pro­to­type de­sign of the modern jeep­neys based on the Philip­pine Na­tional Stan­dard set by the Bu­reau of Prod­uct Stan­dards of the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) on Oc­to­ber 12.

(PNA)

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