By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang said on Wednesday that UV Express units have a higher chance of being allowed to operate again in Metro Manila compared to traditional jeepneys because UV Express passengers are facing one direction compared to the latter.
In an interview with ANC’s “Headstart,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the return of both traditional jeepneys and UV Express is being considered by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). However, UV Express units have a better chance of actually making a comeback.
“The convenience of the riding public is being considered. If what we have is not enough, then they will surely be allowed,” Roque said.
“I think the UV express stands a better chance than jeepneys because there are no passengers facing each other,” he added.
Roque said the LTFRB is looking at the possibility of allowing traditional jeepneys again and that there should be a decision before the end of the month.
“They’re looking at it now. They’re trying to find the best way to ensure social distancing and hygiene in jeepneys,” he said.
Roque denied that the resolutions of the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases when it comes to transportation are not anti-poor.
He said the IATF is not favoring private cars and is just upholding public health.
“The priority of the IATF is still upholding public health. And that is why as far as public transportation is concerned, it’s not just cars that are given priority,” he said.
“We have allowed the PNR, MRT, buses, TNVS, taxis, so it’s not true that the favored mode of transportation is the private because we all know that the majority of the people still don’t have access to private transportation. So I don’t think that is the case, that it is not pro-poor,” he added.
The IATF has recently allowed pillion riding in private motorcycles, subject to the issuance of guidelines, to make up for the limited operations of other public transportation.