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Robredo in opposition to rushed modernization of Metro Manila public transport system


VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo on Friday stated she was in opposition to the rushed modernization of the Metro Manila public transport system as it will hurt each commuters and transport staff.

“We would like the modernization of our public transport, however we don’t need to give an extra burden to our passengers and drivers,” she stated in a mixture of English and Filipino in an announcement. “We should not insist on insurance policies which can be crude and inappropriate within the context of a pandemic.”

She was referring to the implementation of the general public utility automobile (PUV) modernization program which disallows buses from surrounding provinces to enter Metro Manila in the course of the pandemic.

Ms. Robredo – who’s operating for president within the upcoming elections on Might 9 – stated that the consolidation of public utility automobile operators, the usage of widespread terminals, and the obligatory upgrading of fleets of jeepneys ought to be placed on maintain.

“Our major focus now’s to alleviate poverty, revive the economic system, and management the unfold of COVID (coronavirus 2019). Insurance policies which can be inappropriate and per these aims should be put aside first,” she added.

If built-in terminals are forcibly used in the course of the pandemic, Ms. Robredo stated the associated fee paid by passengers will enhance as a result of they’ve to modify to a different transport automobile when coming into Metro Manila.

“Passengers are compelled to take a ‘colorum’ van as a result of it’s extra handy and cheaper,” she added, however these vans are usually not regulated, so security can’t be assured. This will likely additionally result in the fast unfold of COVID-19.

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Passengers heading in direction of locations in North Luzon must pay extra to get to San Fernando, Pampanga, or Baguio, with extra fares rising as much as 96%, cited the vice-president.

With commuters’ choice for colorum – Filipino slang for unlawful public utility automobiles – vans, the earnings of staff within the authorized transport sector may also be lowered, Ms. Robredo stated. “Throughout a pandemic, the answer is to first let provincial buses enter Metro Manila and use their respective terminals.”

The vice-president additionally appealed for the federal government to supply help to the transport sector by offering subsidies and lengthening credit score traces, given the restrictions within the carrying capability of PUVs.


In the meantime, throughout a web based assembly with Filipinos abroad, Ms. Robredo stated she plans to enter into extra bilateral labor agreements with nations internet hosting abroad Filipino staff (OFWs) to make sure their safety.

Chatting with the OFWs about her plans ought to she be elected president, she added that, “We may also be sure that the prevailing bilateral agreements are correctly carried out,” noting nations within the Center East the place most contract violations happen.

She additionally plans to type an inter-agency activity pressure that may deal with the reintegration of OFWs who search to return to the nation. There may also be a coordinated stepladder program based mostly on greatest practices, she added, saying that abilities coaching will assist returning OFWs discover higher jobs.

A one-stop migration useful resource heart or a hub to make sure households left behind by OFWs keep linked and are offered for by the federal government, may also be made beneath a Robredo management she stated. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan

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