MANILA (National News digital, October 2) - The planned phase out of traditional jeepneys from the roads in Metro Manila and elsewhere in the country continued to become a pressing concern as jeepney drivers seem not ready yet to face modernization.
But the country is set to welcome the modern public itility vehicles come June 2020.
A Philippine News Agency interview in Metro Manila, commuters welcome this modernization of PUVs and expressed positive responses to the set up proposed by the transportation department.
A 25-year-old freelance artist Anju de Vera who resides in Mandaluyong and takes public transport when meeting with prospects and clients said he is hoping and looking forward for this new development like phasing out the old jeepneys and changing them to new ones.
“Yes, I’m in favor, as long as di pahirap sa mga jeepney drivers especially sa cost of the upgrade,” he said.
The office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) had earlier announced it is supporting the move by helping and providing five percent equity, an interest of six percent plus a paying period of seven years for the modern PUVs which cost around P1.2 million to as high as P1.8 million.
The Philippine Congress has also earlier agreed to provide an additional P80,000 subsidy per unit.
Harald Tomintz, a businessman from Australia said “the [traditional] jeepney will still stay with us for some time but eventually be gone in years to come by slowly getting phased out." "Perhaps a few of the Jeepneys remain but with the technical upgrade to make them compliant with the times,” he said.
“It’s a good move of the (Department of Transportation) DOTr to modernize the PUV transport system. This is done with foresight and considered future-oriented. Of course, a proper phase in (short- medium - long term) plan be necessary since change can’t be done in a rush. And by doing so the riding public is getting used to and become aware of a more comfortable and environmentally friendly ride,” the Aussie businessman said.
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