FILE PHOTO: Some members of PISTON or the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide staging a protest about the changing of plates. (UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines — The Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (PISTON) will once again voice out their objection to the government’s jeepney modernization program through a transport strike on Monday.
“Pekeng modernisasyon ni Duterte! Tutulan! Labanan!” Piston protested.
(Stop Duterte’s fake modernization!)
One of their arguments is the high price of new units which will cost from P1.6 to P1.8 million.
They also pointed out that the government and the manufacturers are not ready to replace the 180,000 to 200,000 jeepney units in the country.
“So talagang kitang-kita po natin malaking negosyo po itong modernization program,” said Piston national president George San Mateo.
(So it’s obvious that this modernization program is just one big business.)
San Mateo said that they will have five rally centers in Metro Manila to be set up in Monumento in Caloocan, Bayan-Novaliches, Alabang-Viaduck, Anda Circle in Manila and in Cubao.
This is aside from the different areas in nearby provinces.
Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) board member Aileen Lizada said they are ready to deploy vehicles to assist passengers who will be affected by the strike.
She added that the modernization will continue for the benefit of the public and for those in the transport sector to comply with the Clean Air Act.
“Uulitin namin wala pong phase-out ng jeepney as a denomination. Ang inaayos po natin dito ay anong klaseng jeepney ang ilalagay natin sa daanan,” said Lizada.
(We repeat, there is no phase out of jeepneys as a denomination. What we are trying to arrange is the type of jeepney that will be allowed on the road.) — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue