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Transport Groups Asks If Jeepney Operations Would Ever Continue

JEEPNEY OPERATIONS – Amid the coronavirus quarantine, thousands of drivers have lost their source of income.

But, recently, Malacañang said that Jeepneys and UV Express would be allowed to operate next week. However, their announcement was shrouded with a mist of uncertainty as Presidential Spokesman, Harry Roque said: “wala pong kasiguruhan”.

Ang sinasabi natin, kung kulang pa po ang masasakyan matapos ang bus, ang modern jeepneys at ang mga UVs, ay papayagan po natin ang ilang mga jeepneys na deemed to be road-worthy

Jeepney Operations: Transport Group Asks "Makakalabas Pa Ba Kami?"
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As such, Senator Nancy Binay also chimed in on the conversation and urged the Department of Transport (DOTr) and the LTFRB to not pass around the fate of the drivers.

READ: Nancy Binay Calls Out DOTr & LTFRB On Jeepney Operation Issue

Following this, Efren De Luna, the president of the ALliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO), the transport department should answer concisely when asked: “Isang tanong, isang sagot na lang dapat… Makakalabas pa ba kami o hindi?”.

According to a report from ABS-CBN, De Luna said that the transportation department was just giving jeepney drivers and operators “false hope”.

Paasa iyong mga sinasabi nila e.

Insulto” aniya sa mga mambabatas kung tatalikuran ng LTFRB ang pahayag nito sa Kongreso na maaari nang makabiyahe ang mga jeepney.

Additionally, he urged congressmen to probe why LTFRB in their decision to pursue air-conditioned and fuel efficient imported jeepneys worth P2.5 million, when there was already a local model worth P1.3 million.

He added that their minimum fare would remain at P9. Moreover, he emphasized that most of the people would have lesser income than they would due to the pandemic. As such, he said:

Alam naman po natin iyong mga manggagawa, talagang walang pera iyan. Ang kailangan po talaga nila, mga tradisyunal na jeep dahil ang pamasahe lang namin ay P9

READ ALSO: Resumption Of Jeepney Operations In Capital By June 30 Eyed By LTFRB

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