If the government is serious in modernizing public utility jeepneys (PUJs) in the country, Sen. Bam Aquino said it should provide affordable terms for the operators to avail of modern jeepneys.
“Seryoso ba kayo sa jeepney modernization o gusto niyo ba silang i-phase out?”, asked Sen. Bam during the hearing of the Committee on Public Services.
Based on his consultations with jeepney drivers and operators in various areas, Sen. Bam said he received complaints about the steep terms of payment for the modern jeepney.
“Gustong mag-modernize at umasenso ng mga jeepney driver. Tulungan natin sila,” added Sen. Bam.
Sen. Bam urged transport officials to look into lowering the interest and extending the term period so that payments can be equivalent to the daily boundary of jeepney drivers. Different transport organizations present during the hearing supported Sen. Bam’s proposal.
“Kung hindi natin itatapat ang offer ng gobyerno sa kanilang boundary, mawawalan ng kabuhayan ang mahihirap na Pilipino at baka malaking kumpanya pa ang pumalit at makinabang,” said Sen. Bam.
“Suporta at hindi pahirap ang kailangan ng taumbayan, lalo na ang mga mahihirap na nalulunod na sa taas ng presyo ng petrolyo,” stressed Sen. Bam.
Sen. Bam has been pushing for the quick implementation of the Pantawid Pasada Program and its expansion to other modes of transport like tricycles and UV Express vans. He also filed the Bawas Presyo Bill to roll-back and suspend TRAIN’s excise tax of petroleum products.