Various public transportation organizations honored former Rep. Zenaida Maranan for her huge contributions in upholding the rights of public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and for tirelessly pushing for initiatives aimed at improving their welfare and those of their family.
Led by House Asst. Majority Leader and DUMPER-Philippine Taxi Drivers Association Partylist Rep. Claudine Bautista, many transport groups and advocates of PUV rights throughout the country lauded Maranan for her dedication to the cause of jeepney drivers.
Maranan, 75, was the second congressional nominee of DUMPER-PTDA and served as Bautista’s closest adviser for legislative affairs involving bills for the welfare of bus, jeepney, and taxi drivers.
“She treated me like her own daughter. She was known to many as Ka Zeny, but I fondly called her Mommy,” said Bautista as she grieved the death of the public transport leader.
“We mourn the demise of Mrs. Zenaida Marañan, our “Ka Zeny,” who has been a pillar of the public transportation sector for decades. Ka Zeny passionately advocated for the rights of PUV drivers, particularly of jeepney drivers, working hand-in-hand with us to develop initiatives aimed at improving their lives,” the lady solon stated in her tribute.
Bautista noted that while Maranan was known for her pro-drivers advocacy, she made it a point to balance their interest with the rights and welfare of the riding public.
Bautista recalled that Maranan played a key role in urging the government to allow the return of jeepney operations in Metro Manila and other areas under the relaxed community quarantine status.
“And it is fitting that near the end of her life, she was granted a final victory with the return of jeepney operations in the last few weeks,” said Bautista as she noted that Maranan actively participated in the hearing of the Committee on Metro Manila Development in connection with the appeal to lift the restrictions on jeepney operations.
Bautista stressed: “She will be remembered in death as she was known in life: as a pillar of public transportation, an advocate of drivers’ rights, a defender of the oppressed, and an inspiration in the fight to improve the lives of thousands of jeepney drivers—the backbone of transportation in this country.”
Maranan, who died Saturday, was the national president of the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP). She also served as 1UTAK Partylist. She was the widow of the late Romy Maranan, another well-established leader in the transport industry.
In a statement, Chairman Martin Delgra of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board praised Maranan for her fierce advocacy to improve the transportation sector, especially drivers, and small jeepney operators.
George San Mateo, president of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON), also mourned the passing of Maranan whom he described as a relentless fighter for social justice and the rights of the country’s PUV drivers.