MANILA, Philippines — Fifteen modern jeepney units have begun plying the roads Pasay City.
Unlike the old iconic models, the new ones are similar to passenger buses. The door is in front and is fully air-conditioned. It has front-facing seats that can accommodate up to 30 passengers. It has CCTV, GPS, and uses a euro-four engine.
In modern jeepneys, passengers use automated mode of payment or beep cards.
Minimum fare for modern jeepneys is P10 and an additional of P2 for every succeeding kilometer.
The jeepneys will ply Star City and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex going to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
It will also traverse the area of GSIS building and Senate going to SM Mall of Asia and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).
The Senate Employees Transport Cooperative will manage the operation of the new jeepney units as well as the salary of the drivers.
“Its drivers will no longer have to vie for passengers. For the first eight hours, they have a fixed income. They will have benefits like SSS, PhilHealth, and Pagibig as mandated by law,” said SETSCO Chair Venturina Remedios.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) targets to launch up to 500 units of modern jeepneys before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte in July.
Meanwhile, the DOTr will also begin distributing fuel vouchers to jeepney drivers next month.
Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport Thomas Orbos said that the government will provide a P5,000 subsidy to each driver through a debit card.
“For the first year, the government will give close to a billion pesos. Drivers should have legitimate franchise per unit. But in the next two years, they should have modern vehicles,” said Orbos.
The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) awaits the complete list of drivers who could receive a fuel voucher.
The move is in accordance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to aid Filipinos affected by the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
P2P bus routes reach 35
MANILA, Philippines — The number of routes traversed by premium Point-to-Point (P2P) buses has reached 35 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said there were initially only two routes in 2016, but has expanded its trips to cover Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Zambales, and Pampanga.
New five other routes are set to open soon. — UNTV News & Rescue
200 modern jeepneys to hit Metro Manila roads next week
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has launched Friday (July 20) 150 units more of modern public utility jeepney (PUJ).
This number is an addition to the previously launched 50 PUJ units in line with the administration’s jeepney modernization program.
The units indeed look very modern and equipped with high-tech features like WiFi, CCTV, GPS, a dash cam, speed limiter, and even an automatic fare collection system. Some units have features for people with disability (PWD).
Each jeep can carry 9 to 22 passengers and have higher ceilings fit for standing passengers. Also, to fit the standards of the DOTr, the doors are placed at the sides and not the rear purposely for passenger safety.
The regular routes of these modern PUJs will be from Senate to Vito Cruz and LRT in Buendia; Bagumbayan in Taguig towards Pasig via San Joaquin; Guadalupe BGC to Fort Bonifacio Gate 3; and in some parts of Iloilo.
The modern jeeps will charge a P10.00 minimum fare for every ride and an additional P2.00 for every succeeding kilometer.
With these beneficial features, DOTr is confident that the modern jeepneys will gain high patronage from the riding public despite seemingly endless oppositions to the government’s modernization plan.
“Kapag nakita mo na itong 200 na ito na tumatakbo sa kalye kung ikaw ang pasahero pipiliin mo pa ba yung bulok tsaka yung delikado ang buhay mo?” DOTr Usec. Thomas Orbos said. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo
Over 300 airport screening officers receive job status upgrade
FILE PHOTO: Security personnel at Clark International Airport screening passenger luggage
PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) Transport Security Office on Wednesday, May 9, revealed that over 300 airport security screening officers (SSOs) across the country were recently promoted from job order to contractual status.
The Office for Transportation Security (OTS)sees the decision as a continuation of the agency’s rationalization plan and is in alignment with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive on “endo” and contractualization.
With the promotion, these individuals will get to enjoy the same benefits as permanent employees such as allowances, bonuses and other privileges.
OTS Administrator Undersecretary Arturo Evangelista reminded the newly promoted SSOs that “public service is about sacrifice and most of the time, this is what is expected out of government employees,” warning them against extortion and corruption at the airport.
The partial number of promoted personnel were assigned at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Caticlan Airport, Laguindingan Airport, Davao International Airport, Zamboanga Airport,Ozamis Airport, San Jose Airport, IloIlo Interntional Airport, Bacolod-Silay International Airport, Legazpi Airport and Tablas Airport. – UNTV News & Rescue