15 modern jeepneys begin plying Pasay roads

admin   •   June 19, 2018   •   5625

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

Mini loop routes ng city buses, ipinatupad na ng DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   June 29, 2020

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MANILA, Philippines – Umarangkada na ngayong Lunes, Hunyo 29 ang mini loop routes ng city buses para makatulong sa pagbiyahe ng mga commuter.

Ayon sa Department of Transportation (DOTr), dalawa ang mini loop routes na binuksan ngayong araw: ang Monumento – MRT Quezon Avenue Station at PITX – Ayala Avenue.

Ang rutang Timog-Santolan naman ay sa Miyerkules, July 1 pa magsisimula.

Nakadugtong ang mga rutang ito sa bus augmentation ng Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 na bumibiyahe sa EDSA sa pagitan ng North Avenue at Taft Avenue na binuksan ng DOTr noong June 1 kasabay ng paglipat ng Metro Manila sa general community quarantine.

“Marami kasi tayong mga commuter o mga pasahero na nag-express ng kanilang concern na wala silang masakyan from Monumento going to North Avenue or Quezon Avenue. Gayundin y’ong mga galing ng PITX papunta ng Ayala. So, ‘yon ang in-adress natin ngayon,” ani DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran.

Ayon sa kagawaran, 30 public bus units ang nakatalaga sa mga nabanggit na ruta.

Tiniyak naman ng DOTr na araw-araw ang gagawing assessment para matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga commuter.

Alinsunod sa direktiba ng Inter-Agency Task Force, gradual o unti-unti ang pagbabalik ng operasyon ng mga pampublikong sasakyan. Una nang pinayagan ang limitadong operasyon sa itinakdang ruta ng point-to-point buses, transport network vehicle services at public utility buses. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DOTr defends jeepney modernization program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 25, 2020

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has defended the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) Modernzation Program, saying it does not favor the rich but the commuters.

In a social media post, the DOTr said the PUV Modernization Program will benefit the drivers as they would have a salary with fixed working hours, as well as benefits from the Social Security System (SSS) . The program also aims to remove the ‘boundary system’, and lessen air pollution.

“Sa PUV Modernization, hindi lang makina, kalidad, o disenyo ng jeep ang binabago. Binabago dito ang nakagawiang sistema ng mga jeepney drivers at commuters, (The PUV Modernization will not just change the quality, design, and the machine of jeepneys. It will also change the old system of drivers and commuters),” the post read.

The DOTr said the government already gave jeepney operators a three-year transition period for them to have a proper fleet management. The department also reiterated that as long as the traditional jeepney passes the road worthiness standards, it will still be allowed to operate.

“Kahit hindi bago o traditional jeepney pa iyan, kung papasa naman sa road worthiness standards, papayagan pa rin po iyang tumakbo, (Even if it is a traditional jeepney, it will be allowed to operated if it passes the road worthiness standards),” the department said. AAC

9 dagdag na ruta para sa modern jeepneys sa Metro Manila, binuksan ng LTFRB

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Siyam pang ruta ang binuksan ngayong Miyerkules para sa mga pumapasadang modern jeepney sa Metro Manila, ayon sa Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng LTFRB na ang siyam na bagong ruta ay ang mga sumusunod:

  • PITX – Lawton
  • PITX – Nichols
  • PITX – SM Southmall
  • Alabang – Zapote
  • Eastwood, Libis – Capitol Commons
  • Bagong Silang – SM Fairview
  • Parang, Marikina – Cubao
  • Malanday – Divisoria via M.H. del Pilar
  • Gasak – Recto via Dagat-dagatan

Ang mga rutang ito ay karagdagan sa 15 ruta na inisyal na binuksan ng LTFRB noong Lunes para sa mga modern jeepney na pinayagan nang pumasada sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng National Capital Region (NCR).

Tiniyak naman ng pamunuan ng PITX na naipatutupad nang maayos ang bagong sistema sa pagsakay ng mga commuter bagama’t may pagkakataong matagal ang ipinaghihintay dahil sa kakaunting bilang ng tumatakbong mga modern jeepney unit.

“Kasi ayaw din naman nilang palargahin ito ng basta basta kung wala rin naman silang kikitain. Dapat nating maunawaan na may agam-agam din y’ong ating mga pampublikong sasakyan dahil sa ngayon nga, nag-o-operate sila at half capacity,” ani Jayson Salvador, ang Head ng PITX Corporate Affairs.

Sinabi rin ni Salvador na contactless smart cards o mobile apps na ang ginagamit sa PITX para sa pagpapatupad ng cashless transaction, alinsunod sa mga regulasyon na inilatag ng Department of Transportation.

P100 ang halaga ng bagong smart cards na ginagamit ng ilang transport operators sa PITX. May kasama na itong P50 load na magagamit na pamasahe.

Samantala, sa June 26 naman ay 10 pang ruta ang nakatakdang buksan ng LTFRB para sa mga modern jeepney:

  • Quirino Highway – UP Town Center
  • SM Fairview – Commonwealth via Regalado Ave.
  • QMC Loop
  • Tikling – Binangonan
  • Antipolo – Pasig via East Bank Road
  • Rosario – Pinagbuhatan Pasig
  • West Aveune – P. Noval via Del Monte
  • Biñan – Balibago via Manila South Road
  • Tramo – Sucat
  • San Isidro – Congressional Junction Dasmarinas

Layon nitong mapagsilbihan ang mas marami pang commuters sa ibang panig ng Metro Manila at karatig lugar na pinayagan nang bumalik sa trabaho kasabay ng pagluluwag ng community quarantine restrictions.

Una nang sinabi ng Department of Transportation na gradual o gagawin sa dalawang bahagi ang pagbabalik-operasyon ng pampublikong transportasyon upang maiwasan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng COVID-19. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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