Gov’t, public and private transport sectors should discuss ways to modernize PUVs – Robredo

Published August 21, 2019, 4:22 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Raymund Antonio

The government should discuss ways with the private and public sector to make possible the modernization of public utility vehicles (PUVs) towards the improvement of the country’s transport system, Vice President Leni Robredo said.

Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo courtesy of Office of the Vice President of the Philippines via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo courtesy of Office of the Vice President of the Philippines via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Robredo, a former housing chief, made the recommendation after she recently attended the launch of Star8 electronic-jeepney program in Naga City.

The program is a partnership among Bio Renewable Energy and Natural Technologies (BRENTECH), Star8 Green, Naga city government, Landbank of the Philippines, and the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

While she expressed support for the implementation of the e-jeepney program, Robredo cited the previous “resistance” from the public due to higher cost.

“Ngayon mas mababa na ang cost niya, mas accessible na sa tao. Siguro dapat lang pagtulungan ng both private saka public sector na maghanap ng mga paraan kung paano siya magiging mas acceptable sa lahat,” she said.

(Now the cost is low, it is more accessible to the people. Both the private and public sector should work together to find ways on how it can be more acceptable to everyone.)

The Vice President underscored the shift into e-transport was imminent amid the climate change and global warming disaster.

“Hindi naman mapipigilan, talagang ang shift parating na. Ang tanong na lang, paano matutulungan, lalo na iyong mga nasa transport sector—paano matutulungan para makatawid doon sa shift na iyon,” she said.

(It can’t be stopped, the shift is really underway. The only question is how to help, especially the transport sector, for that shift to happen.)

“So sa tingin ko, kailangan itong upuan, kailangang upuan with the transport sector saka ng gobyerno, pag-isipan kung paano gagawin iyong shift,” she added.

(So I think the transport sector should sit down with the government to discuss the ways on how the shift will be done.)