No single voice: Major transport groups won’t participate in transport strike next week

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Transport groups have differing views on the administration’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program.

This was evident in the interview of major transport groups Thursday saying that were not inclined to join the scheduled strike of Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) on October 16 and 17 to protest the PUV upgrade.

Among the transport groups which will not participate are Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP), Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO), Liga ng Transportasyon at Operators sa Pilipinas (LTOP), Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP) and Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburbs Drivers Association (PASANG MASDA).

“We will not be joining the transport strike. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has assured to us that there will be no phaseout of jeepneys. The PUV Modernization only wants to ensure the security of passengers and to have an environmentally sustainable mode of transportation,” said ACTO President Efren de Luna.

“We are asking the jeepney groups to support the government in modernizing the public transportation system in the country,” said LTOP President Orlando Marquez.

The PUV modernization program seeks to enhance commuter convenience by replacing old and dilapidated jeepneys with brand new energy efficient jeepneys.

The jeepneys will also be equipped with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, a GPS navigation system, an Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), speed limiters, dashboard cameras, and Wi-Fi.

Transport groups are asking PISTON to support the program and to sit down with government to address their concerns.