Sun.Star Pampanga - - WORLD! -

Pam­panga, ka­bi­lang ang mga may bya­heng Malo­los (Bu­la­can) at Tar­lac ay nag­pakita ng su­porta at makiki­isa sa at­ing pro­grama," Me­ne­ses said.

Me­ne­ses stressed that they are ex­pect­ing at least 90 per­cent of the trans­port sys­tem in the prov­ince may be par­a­lyzed due to the planned trans­port strike.

As early as now, the trans­port groups al­ready apol­o­gized to the com­mut­ing pub­lic for the in­con­ve­nience the strike may cause.

He said that the ac­tiv­ity is also for the sim­ple work­ers' wel­fare, cit­ing the fare hike that may hap­pen once the jeep­ney mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram will fi­nally be im­ple­mented.

"Ang la­ban na ito ay la­ban para rin sa sim­pleng mang­ga­gawa dahil ka­pag naipatu­pad na po ang mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram, asa­han po natin na tataas ang min­i­mum fare sa P10 o P12 ha­bang ang sweldo nila ay nasa min­i­mum na P380 pa rin," Me­ne­ses expl ai ned.

He added that they called for an early press con­fer­ence to also in­form the pub­lic of the trans­port strike so they can pre­pare early or post­pone their planned travel on the said dates. 'Mar­tial law for the trans­port sys­tem' Mean­while, Pagkakaisa ng mga Sama­han ng Tsu­per at Operey­tor Na­tion­wide (PIS­TON) Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Steve Ranjo de­scribed the gov­ern­ment's trans­port mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram as "mar­tial law for the trans­port sys­tem."

He ex­plained that the pro­gram will only be ad­van­ta­geous to lo­cal and for­eign cap­i­tal­ists in­volved in the e-ve­hi­cles busi­ness, while slowly “op­press­ing” the sim­ple jeep­ney op­er­a­tors and driv­ers whose liveli­hood depends on the sin­gle unit fran­chised jeep­neys alone.

"Buhay at kabuhayan nam­ing mga sim­pleng driver at op­er­a­tor ang nakasalalay sa di-umano'y mod­ernisas­yon sa trans­port sys­tem. Wala kam­ing prob­lema at pa­bor kami sa pagsasaayos ng trans­porta­tion sys­tem sa bansa lalo't para ito sa pub­liko, ngu­nit ang tang­galin kam­ing mga sim­pleng driver ay hindi makatarun­gan," he said.

Un­der the mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram, PUVs more than 15 years old will be banned from the road, and will be re­placed by ve­hi­cles with "low-car­bon and low-emis­sion tech­nol­ogy."

The Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chise and Reg­u­la­tory Board will as­sess PUV fran­chises that will ex­pire in the next few months to see if they are com­pli­ant with the depart­ment or­der known as the Om­nibus Guide­lines on the Plan­ning and Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of Pub­lic Road Trans­porta­tion Ser­vices and Fran­chise Is­suance.

The mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram will also stop giv­ing fran­chise to sin­gle-unit op­er­a­tors and will just give ac­cess to the gov­ern­ment fi­nanc­ing pro­gram.

How­ever, Ranjo said that one jeep­ney unit will cost around P1.2-mil­lion to P2-mil­lion and its op­er­a­tion will be un­der fleet man­age­ment.

He added that jeep­ney op­er­a­tors and driv­ers will then be de­pen­dent on a monthly wage sys­tem which they strongly op­posed.

"Ito ay ma­li­naw na atake sa mga malilit na jeep­ney driv­ers and op­er­a­tors. Ang pag­pun­dar namin ng mga jeep na ito ay hindi biro at hindi kami pa­payag na basta na lang kami tang­galin sa daan ha­bang bago, sariwa at ma­pakik­in­a­ban­gan pa ang am­ing mga sasakyan," he said.

Me­ne­ses, mean­while, added that the two-day trans­port strike is just the start of the cam­paign of Ka­pam­pan­gan jeep­ney driv­ers on the jeep­ney phase­out pro­gram.

He stressed that suc­ceed­ing strikes will be set if the gov­ern­ment will not heed their call or at least prop­erly co­or­di­nate with them.

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