Drivers, operators to stage a 2-day protest in December

UNTV News   •   November 29, 2017   •   4683

No to Jeepney Phase-Out Coalition

MANILA, Philippines – No to Jeepney Phase Out Coalition and the group Piston are set to conduct a massive transport strike and protest rally against the government’s Jeepney Modernization Program on December 4 and 5.

The group of jeepney drivers and operators call for the revocation of the Transportation Department order on the omnibus franchising guidelines, and the creation of a new modernization program that will not affect their livelihood and will not require them to buy jeepneys that cost over P1-million.

The group also insists they will conduct the transport strike despite the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board or LTFRB’s warning to have their franchise revoked.

“Ganoon din naman eh, kamatayan na rin ang hinusga sa amin kapag phinase out ang mga jeep namin. Kaya tuloy ang laban nman namin kahit anong sabihin ng LTFRB na tatanggalan kami ng prangkisa,” said No to Jeepney Phaseout Coalition spokesperson, Misael Melinas.

The group’s principal rally center is the Cubao area, while simultaneous protests will happen across Metro Manila.

The group, however, denied that the protest is part of their move to topple the Duterte administration.

“Kanselahin man nila o hindi iyong klase sa amin tagumpay pa rin. Ang sukatan naman namin ng tagumpay iyong malawakang paglahok ng mga driver at operators sa protesta,” Piston National president, George San Mateo said.

“Kung ang pagkaka-areato sa akin ang magiging kapalit ay ang pagbangon at pagkilos ng lahat ng drivers at operator para ipanalo itong laban na ito, handa po tayo roon mga kasama,” he added.

Meanwhile, the public has expressed negative comments on the transport group’s plan to conduct the transport strike.

“Hassle po sa aming mga estudyante kunwari po kapag naghabol ng requirements tapos ganun magtitigil pasada na naman,”said civil engineering major, Gabriel Torrecampo.

“I-consider naman nila ang mga nahihirapan din kasi kunwari sa amin patapos na rin ang sem and tapos mawawalan na naman ng pasok panigurado ng dalawang araw lugi po kami,” added Torrecampo.

The government, on the other hand, assured there are measures laid out to prevent the adverse effects of the transport strike on the riding public.

“The LTFRB, is correct in saying that the holders of public franchise and conveniences are precluded from joining such action and therefore expect that their participation will come with the legal consequences as far as the award of public convenience is concerned,” Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has previously said he is in favor of the modernization of jeepneys nationwide come 2018. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

PISTON, muling umapela sa LTFRB na payagang pumasada ang traditional jeepneys

Robie de Guzman   •   July 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagsagawa ng kilos-protesta ngayong Lunes, Hulyo 27 ang ilang miyembro ng transport group na Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (PISTON) upang muling manawagan sa pamahalaan na payagan nang magbalik-pasada ang mas marami pang jeepney units sa gitna ng community quarantine.

Sakay ng mga lumang jeep, maagang nag-piket ang grupo sa harap ng tanggapan ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Idinadaing nila ang ilang buwan nang pagkakatigil sa pamamasada na nagtulak na umano sa ilan nilang kasamahan na mamalimos sa lansangan upang matustusan ang pangangailangan ng kanilang pamilya.

Marami din umano sa kanilang mga tsuper ang hindi nakatanggap ng ayuda mula sa pamahalaan.

“Kasi ang hinaing po namin na pinabalik po yung maiksi na ruta yung 49 na ruta bakit kami hindi kasama na simula noong nag lockdown Marso a-15 hanggang ngayon wala po kaming hanapbuhay namamalimos po kami sa lansangan para mabuhay ko lang pamilya ko,” ang sabi ni Cerilo Latoreno, miyembro ng PISTON.

Naniniwala ang grupo na kung papayagan ang pagpasada ng traditional jeepneys ay maiibsan ang hirap ng mga pasahero sa gitna ng limitadong ruta at bilang ng mga sasakyang pinayagang bumiyahe sa Metro Manila at kalapit-lugar.

“Hindi lang para magkaroon ng kabuhayan ang ating mga kasamahan kundi para magkaroon din ng service o may masakyan ang ating mga kababayan na hirap na hirap na sa paglalakad kasi putol putol ang ruta may mga ruta na talagang mga jeepney lang ang nagsi-service,” ani R Steve Ranjo, ang secretary general ng PISTON.

Apela rin ng grupo,  sana ay huwag tuluyang i-phase out ang mga lumang modelo ng pampasaherong jeep kaugnay ng proyektong jeepney modernization ng Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Pakiusap nila, bigyan pa sila ng panahon upang makasunod sa programang modernisasyon sa sektor ng transportasyon.

Umaasa ang grupo na mabibigyang-katugunan ang kanilang mga hinaing at mababanggit ito ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa kanyang State of the Nation Address (SONA) ngayong araw.

Matapos ang programa ay umalis din naman ang PISTON sa harap ng LTFRB upang magtungo sa University of the Philippines Diliman Campus upang doon ituloy ang protesta.

Una nang sinabi ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Quezon City na bawal ang anumang uri ng mass gathering sa gitna ng pandemya batay sa panuntunan ng national task force kontra COVID-19. Gayunman, maaaring magdaos ng protesta sa UP Diliman campus ang mga nais maglabas ng hinaing kaugnay ng SONA.

Sinabi rin ng pambansang pulisya na “maximum tolerance” ang kanilang paiiralin ngunit hindi sila magdadalawang-isip na arestuhin at kasuhan ang sinumang hindi makikinig sa paalala at lalabag sa health protocols kontra coronavirus disease. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

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

MMDA assigns 8 areas where stranded commuters may go amid transport strike

Marje Pelayo   •   September 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Despite appeal from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) not to pursue with the transport strike, several drivers and operators opted to stop operations on Monday (September 30).

Some members of major transport groups including Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO), Stop and Go Coalition, Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) and some UV Express groups staged a nationwide strike in opposition to the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program.

The protest has affected thousands of commuters across the country.

In Metro Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has designated staging areas where passengers may take augmentation rides or city buses to their destination.

MMDA Traffic Chief Edison ‘Bong’ Nebrija in an interview with Kuya Daniel Razon’s Digital Interactive Broadcast (DIB) on Monday warned protesting drivers and operators not to stop those drivers who still prefer to be of service to the commuters.

“Huwag nilang gagamitin ang pangho-hostage sa ating mga commuters para iparating ang kanilang hinaing, (Do not use our commuters as hostages to air your grievances,)” Nebrija said.

“Kung susubukan ninyong harangan ang mga drivers na gustong magserbisyo, magdalawang isip kayo. Huhulihin kayo ng mga pulis, (If you try to block drivers who want to pick up and be of service to the passengers, think twice. There are police authorities to apprehend you,)” he added.

Nebrija also clarified that the number coding scheme is lifted only for city buses but not to private vehicles.

He called on the riding public to go to the nearest staging area to catch the city buses that the agency prepared as augmentation vehicles for the duration of the massive transport strike.

The staging areas, Nebrija said, are as follow:

  1. Manila North area – EDSA Southbound lane in Monumento, opposite of MCU (around 40 buses)
  2. Manila East – SM Marikina
  3. Manila West – Luneta Parade Ground
  4. Manila South – Southwest Interim Provincial Terminal along Macapagal Road, Pasay City
  5. UP Techno Hub
  6. MMDA Headquarters
  7. Novaliches near S&R
  8. MRT North station southbound

“Ang mga local governments nag-dispatch din ng mga libreng sakay within their areas para malaking tulong. Sila na po ang bahala sa mga inner roads, (Local governments also dispatched free rides within their areas which is a big help. They will manage the inner roads,)” Nebrija concluded.

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