MANILA Senator Grace Poe on Monday said the government should address the "legitimate concerns" of drivers and operators regarding the jeepney modernization program.
Poe made the statement on the same day that transport groups staged a protest against the conditions of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) set by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
"The issues surrounding the jeepney modernization program are far from resolved. The government should address the legitimate concerns to ensure that this undertaking would help improve our transportation system," Poe said.
"The program, no matter how promising it looks, should also not brush aside transparency and due process for drivers and operators who only ask government to consider their plight," she added.
The senator said the LTFRB should hold a dialogue with jeepney drivers and operators to resolve the issues hounding its modernization policies.
"Kailangan ng bukas na komunikasyon at matapat na paglalahad ng mga kaganapan para hindi naman nangangapa sa dilim ang ating mga kababayan, pati na ang mga driver at operator. Lahat tayo ay nagnanais ng kaginhawahan at pag-unladnang may karampatang pagsasaalang-alang sa lahat (There should be open communication and honest presentation of every decision so that our countrymen, drivers and operators will not be left in the dark. All of us wants convenient and progress with proper consideration of everyone's rights), she said.
The PUVMP is a flagship project of the Duterte administration which aims to restructure, modernize, and make an environment-friendly transport system in the country.
The program also aims to provide drivers and operators with stable, sufficient and dignified livelihoods and at the same time, to let the commuters enjoy safe and comfortable transportation system. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency