Bicol transports in regional coordinated protest against jeepney phase out corporate inroads

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By Baretang Bikolnon

LEGAZPI CITY – CONDOR-PISTON Bicol and Bicol Integrated Transport Alliance held regional coordinated protests in strategic places like schools and terminals to expose the negative impact arising from modernizing transportation based on the Department of Transportation (DOTr) plan.

According to CONDOR-PISTON Bicol spokesperson Ramon Rescovilla, there will be a great negative effect to the socio – economic situations of their customers, drivers and operators.

“There’s a need to intensify and expand educational discussions among the people, drivers and operators to consolidate them against neoliberal attacks,” he said.

These transport groups primarily demand to stop the phasing out of jeepneys – replacing this type of public utility vehicle (PUV) aged 15 years and older.

The government’s solution to ensure the safety of public transportation is to push for the modernization of the country’s jeepneys which seeks to phase out old and dilapidated jeepneys.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said that DOTr will sign on June 19 the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG) which will serve as the framework for the modernization of jeepneys.

However, CONDOR-PISTON Bicol assessed such guidelines are anti-people that will only result to the phase-out of jeepneys and other PUVs in the country starting this year.

“These guidelines will phase-out small operators because the government wants to control, monopolize, and to be operated by big corporations the whole public transport. This will result to fare increase that is beyond the capacity of the customers,” Rescovilla said.

In the Petition received by LTFRB-5 from CONDOR-PISTON Bicol and Bicol Integrated Transport Alliance, it was stated that these transport groups are against modernization plan, emergency traffic power bill and the proposed Traffic Crisis Act of 2016 that will result to the lost of livelihood of around 1.6 million small operators and drivers.

“These rules wanted to push for neoliberalism that will favor foreign corporations of automobile, local transport leaders of Liberal Party and promoting commercialized system of government agencies,” petition stated.

Drivers and operators under these transport groups demand the government to push for national industrialization that will create efficient and suited mass transport for the masses.

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