Condor Piston Bicol vows bigger protests against ‘corporate’ control of transport

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By Reynard Magtoto

CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region — Transport groups in the Bicol Region vow to pursue bigger protests as they will fight harsh government interventions in the form of anti-operators and anti-drivers policies.

This came up after Condor Piston Bicol protested against the plan to monopolize and “corporatization” of transportation under the government’s modernization program.

Under the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines, drivers and operators are required to use non-negotiable type of engine in all types of vehicles, the use of Euro-4 engine.

According to Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), modernization of public utility vehicles (PUV) plan is possible within three years, replacing jeepneys aged 15 years and older.

LTFRB encourages drivers and operators to use eJeep as the alternative.

The government plan will displace marginalized operators and drivers. and the vacuum will be filled up by transport capitalists.

“This was outlined in the neoliberal policies and approved by LTO-LTFRB-DOTr in favor of big foreign manufacturers of automobile. While leaders of Liberal Party will take advantage on bank loans,” said Condor Piston Bicol spokesperson Ramon Rescovilla during press briefing at Quiborac North Jeepney Terminal earlier.

Drivers and operators affiliated with Condor Piston Bicol also demanded the government not to pursue jeepney phase out, and pressed for government support to local operators.

According to Rescovilla, the scheme is an additional burden to small drivers and operators that will push them for bigger protests.

Posted by on June 4, 2017. Filed under Bicol News,Top Stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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