Kikang wel­comes pe­ti­tion against mo­torela mod­ern­iza­tion

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Al­wen Salir­ing

Ca­gayan de Oro City Vice Mayor Rainier Joaquin Uy on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29, said he would wel­come the pe­ti­tion of the fed­er­a­tion of “mo­torela” op­er­a­tors and driv­ers against the city’s sup­posed “mo­torela” mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram and over­load­ing poli­cies.

Uy said his of­fice will study and call on var­i­ous stake­hold­ers and con­cerned of­fices once the pe­ti­tion ar­rives in his of­fice.

“Hu­la­ton nato ilang pe­ti­tion unya atong tu­nan ug ipatawag tanan con­cern nga buhatan kung un­say an­gay ma-craft nga or­di­nansa or res­o­lu­tion kabahin ana,”Uy said.

Var­i­ous as­so­ci­a­tions of mo­torela op­er­a­tors and driv­ers in the city have gath­ered last Novem­ber

24 to form a fed­er­a­tion and mount a uni­fied ac­tion, through a pe­ti­tion, against what they call as “anti-poor” and “an­ti­mo­torela op­er­a­tors and driv­ers” poli­cies of the city gov­ern­ment.

Ringo Lago, spokesper­son of the Sol­i­dar­ity of Trans­port Al­liance in North­ern Min­danao (Starex-Pis­ton), said among the poli­cies that they want the city gov­ern­ment to ad­dress are the sup­posed Mo­torela mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram and over­load­ing ca­pac­ity which for them has deprive driv­ers to earn big­ger in­come.

He em­pha­sized that the group does not to­tally ob­ject the mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram but they are ask­ing for a five-year tran­si­tion pe­riod so driv­ers and op­er­a­tors can pre­pare.

“Tu­mong man sa mod­ern­iza­tion nga us­bon ang hit­sura sa mo­torela pero dili dayon unta diha-diha ipa­tu­man aron makapre­pare ang mga op­er­a­tors ug driv­ers,” he said.

Uy said his of­fice is will­ing to co­or­di­nate with the group and lis­ten to their sen­ti­ments so that their con­cerns will be ad­dressed.

“Kung kaya nato ma­hatag ang ilang gusto atong buha­ton pero ato gyud bal­an­si­hon tanan nga kanang para sa kaayuhan sa kadaghanan,” Uy said.

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