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Stakeholders’ support needed for PUV modernization

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is looking for support among various stakeholders for the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program in the aftermath of the recent two-day nationwide jeepney strike.

“The PUV Modernization Program is long overdue and Filipino commuters have suffered enough. Let us make this program happen for them,” the DOTr said.

A transport strike on October 16-17 was initiated by Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) to protest the PUVMP, claiming the program would phase out jeepneys and in the process require drivers and operators to buy new but more expensive models.

The two-day strike compelled the government to suspend work in government schools and offices nationwide, but President Rodrigo Duterte is bent on implementing the modernization plan.

“Sumunod kayo kasi January 1 [2018], kapag may makita ako diyang mga jeep ninyo na hindi narehistro, luma, guguyurin ko ‘yan sa harap niyo,” Duterte said.

“The President’s support is definitely a boost to the program, which aims to provide our commuters a convenient, safe and environment-friendly mode of transport,” DOTr said.

The DOTr emphasized that it remains open to fostering a more productive relationship with various transport groups, and welcomes healthy dialogues to bring the level of discourse to a more sensible discussion.

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