Dárlán Pálénciá Bárcélón
Legazpi City – [02.25.16] – The transport group CONDOR-PISTON-BIKOL took to the street today to air their protest against the Aquino government’s scheme to gradually end the iconic Filipinos’ means of transportation or the “people’s car” known to the masses as jeepney .
Hindi pa napapanahon na tanggalin ang mga jeepney sa Pilipinas, ang marapat lamang ay ipatupad ng pamahalaan ang pamantayanng pag rerehistro ng mga pang pasaherong jeepney, at ito ay dapat na ipatupad ng Land Transportation Office [LTO] at ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board [LTFRB].
[It’s not time to impose the phase-out of jeepney in the country, the government should implement the standard registration of vehicles who are applying for public utility franchise by the Land Transportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board]
Kung tutuusin may mga mahigit sa labinlimang taon na mga jeepney ang maayos pa ang mga makina kaysa sa ibang mga reconditioned na mga pang publikong sasakyan ang pumapasa sa LTO at LTFRB ang nakakalusot sa inspeksiyon, dahil sa lagay, Dante Marigondon told The Philippine Examiner.
The phase-out, although it remains a draft resolution being proposed by the Department of Transportation and Communication during the incumbency of then secretary Mar A. Roxas, is the main culprit here, Marigondon explained.
We are opposing the implementation of this planned phase-out, because we would like to protect the local industry who are directly engaged in the jeepney body building and other allied sector against the entry of foreign corporation that will supply the electronic jeepneys, he said.
Millions of industry workers will be displaced by this plan and will only favor the foreign interests, and electronic jeepney will never be feasible as a reliable means of public transport in the countryside, Marigondon quipped.