Manila gov’t seeks suspension of entire Baclaran-Divisoria jeepney route

By Erma Edera

The local government of Manila will file a suspension of franchise at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for the entire “Baclaran-Divisoria” route, Manila Mayor Francisco Isko Moreno Domagoso disclosed on Tuesday.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko" Moreno Domagoso (Manila City PIO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso (Manila City PIO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Domagoso said there have been persistent complaints from commuters on the cutting of trips by jeepney drivers despite the recent clearing of illegal vendors in Divisoria.

“We will file a suspension of franchise before the LTFRB. I will not be the complainant. It will be the City of Manila. The City government of Manila will file a suspension of the entire Baclaran-Divisoria line,” he said on Tuesday morning.

Domagoso said the proposed suspension would only be temporary.

“I would leave it to the LTFRB to decide the duration of the suspension, if it approves the proposal,” he added.

Cutting trips means jeepney drivers were not completing their routes to avoid heavy traffic and would ask passengers to descend far from their original destinations.

If the LTFRB would suspend the route, jeepneys would not be allowed to travel directly between the two high-traffic areas.

The Mayor said the complaint is now being drafted following his meeting with LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra.

Domagoso was also mulling the suspension of routes for other public utility vehicles.

“MCU BLumentritt, don’t wait for us to also suspend you. Cubao-Divisoria, Maypajo-Juan Luna, Faura-Pedro Gil, Paco, many Manileños are also complaining about you. Velasquez, that’s only in Tondo but you refused to follow. That’s a few blocks away,” he said.

“I’m not after the penalty. I am after the order. I am trying to reach out to more people as possible. I want the employees, normal workers, laborers to pay the exact fare and to complete their trip after their eight hours of work,” he added.

Domagoso had asked the leaders of jeepney drivers’ associations in July to tell their fellow drivers not to cut trips.