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LTOP exec against total phase out of jeepneys in the country

By JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A top-ranking official of transport operators in the country has voiced out his strong objection to the so-called total “phase out of jeepneys” in the Philippines.

Orlando F. Marquez, president of Liga ng Transportasyon at Operators sa Pilipinas (LTOP) in an exclusive interview with MDN said that the total phase out would mean forgetting the only public transportation identified with the Philippines.

“Ako ho ay hindi ko tanggap dahil para tayong naging tanga. Para tayong naging kasinungalingan. Biruin mo ipatatanggap mo sa buong Pilpino. Alam ng mga estudyante na lolo na ngayon, na ang pambansang transportasyon ng Pilipinas ay jeepney,” he explained.

Marquez said the jeepney is the only Filipino invention that is now known worldwide and a phase out of this would be a discredit to the Filipino inventors and designers.

“Kaya ang pakiusap ko huwag naman iwanan ang sarili nating likha. Kung sa America nga ipinaparada ito ng mga Pilipino duon dahil proud na proud po sila, bakit natin kailangan i-phase out ito dito sa Pilipinas. Nakikiusap kami sa sambayanang Pilipino na tulungan natin maipalaganap ang sariling atin.

Marquez voiced his lamentation as government leaders are really venturing on the phase-out of jeepneys as a means of transportation, and instead use mini-buses.

Photo shows the LTOP president presenting to the media the awards and recognitions received by the new inventors and innovators of the modern Jumbo jeepney which passed all the tests and requirements imposed by the Philippine government.

History of jeepney in the Philippines

The jeepney is a unique and iconic mode of public transportation in the Philippines. Its history can be traced back to the aftermath of World War II when the Philippines was under American influence and occupation.

World War II Influence (1940s): During World War II, the United States military left behind surplus Willys and Ford military jeeps in the Philippines. These jeeps were initially repurposed and modified by locals to serve as a means of public transportation due to the scarcity of automobiles. The Filipinos extended the rear section of these jeeps to accommodate more passengers and covered them with improvised roofs for shade and protection from the elements.

Post-War Development (1940s – 1950s): After the war, these modified jeeps continued to evolve, with local artisans and entrepreneurs making further modifications to increase passenger capacity and improve comfort. The jeeps were given colorful and vibrant designs, often adorned with paintings, decorations, and even religious symbols. These personalized designs made each jeepney unique and added to their cultural significance.

Regulation and Standardization (1950s – 1960s): Recognizing the need for standardization and regulation, the Philippine government implemented laws and regulations regarding the size, design, and safety of jeepneys. The government also imposed certain requirements, such as meters and standardized routes.

Modernization and Environmental Concerns (2000s – Present): In more recent years, there have been efforts to modernize the jeepney fleet due to concerns about pollution and safety. These efforts have included the introduction of electric and Euro-4 compliant engines to reduce emissions. However, many traditional jeepneys still operate alongside these newer models.

The jeepney has become an integral part of Filipino culture and is often seen as a symbol of Filipino ingenuity, resourcefulness, and resilience. Its unique design and vibrant artwork make it a tourist attraction in its own right. Jeepney drivers are also known for their colorful personalities and the lively atmosphere on board, often playing music and engaging in friendly banter with passengers.

Despite the attempts at modernization, the jeepney remains an enduring and beloved mode of public transportation in the Philippines, serving both urban and rural areas and providing an affordable means of getting around for millions of Filipinos.  ###

Joel Escol
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Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist in the Philippines for more than 20 years. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Mindanao Daily News, the biggest and most-widely read newspaper in Southern Philippines. He is also known as Noypi Vlogger in Youtube. You can follow him on the following social networking sites below.

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