DOTr Usec. for Road Transport Orbos and Stop and Go Coalition Pres. Magno debated on the issue involving the administration’s jeepney modernization program.
MANILA, Philippines —Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Road Transport Thomas Orbos and the president of the transport group Stop and Go Coalition Jun Magno faced off in the program “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon”.
They debated on the issue involving the administration’s jeepney modernization program.
Magno has once again insisted that old passenger jeepneys should just be rehabilitated since it is more affordable than buying a new unit which is worth a million pesos.
In response, Undersecretary Orbos dares the president of the transport group to create a modern jeepney that could be sold at a cheaper price.
“Kung mapapatunayan po nila talagang yung kanilang lumang sasakyan i-coconvert nila lahat magko-comply pati yung height, pati yung likod, pati po yung fleet management system, lahat na po yan bakit hindi natin tignan,” said Orbos.
(If they can prove that their old jeepneys can be converted and can comply, including its height, its back, and its fleet management system, all of that, we might look at it.)
“Kuya Daniel put it in black and white, gagawin namin yan,” said Magno.
(Kuya Daniel, put it in black and white. We will do it.)
“Gusto ko kasi matutukan to mula doon sa umpisa kukuha tayo ng karagkarag na jeep yung pinakabulok na nakukuha natin sa daan o kaya yung isa sa mga nahuli nyo siguro,” said Razon.
(What I want is to focus on this from the start. We will get a dilapidated jeep, the most dilapidated one, or a unit you apprehended on the road.)
However, the DOTr insisted that the jeepney unit the Stop and Go Coalition would produce should be compliant with the safety standards and specifications of the government’s PUV modernization program.
The modernization program’s requirements include the installation of GPS, dash cams, CCTV’s, as well as wider and more comfortable seats, automated fare collection system and euro-4 engines.
It requires that jeepney units’ entrance should be at the side of the driver and must have a PWD friendly design.
Other transport groups previously insisted on rehabilitating their old jeepneys instead of buying new units.
This is despite the 80,000 pesos worth of subsidy the government vows to provide to jeepney drivers and operators.
Under the financing program, those who would avail will have to pay a six percent interest rate that they can pay for up to seven years.
The DOTr gives Magno 30 to 45 days to do the dare.
The program, “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon”, meanwhile, will strictly monitor its development. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue