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SEN. POE: PUV MODERNIZATION SHOULD BE 'WIN-WIN SOLUTION' TO TRAFFIC, ENVIRONMENT



The country's dream of having a modernized public transport system is hoped to become a reality under the present administration.

A lady legislator however said this should be a win-win solution to all parties involved.

Senator Grace Poe, in a statement, stressed that the implementation of PUV modernization program should not only address the traffic situation in the country or help clean the environment, but should also give productive income to the poor.

She said the modernization should not displace jeepney drivers who often belong the sector; thus, she suggests that the phase-out of old jeepneys should be done gradually.

Transport and labor groups held a two-day strike starting Monday, October 16, to address their woes about the program – a move that should serve as a wake-up call to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Poe added.

She stressed the importance of transparent consultations among stakeholders involved.

Complaints reached her office saying the public consultations have become a mere formality to satisfy the requirements of the law.

On the other hand, representatives from the transportation agencies maintained that they have initiated talks with various groups including PUV drivers and operators.

Meanwhile, for a militant leader such as Renato Reyes Jr., corporatization is not the key to the dream.

In a Facebook post, he said a nationalized system anchored on industrial development is more than ever necessary.

In an earlier post, Reyes clarified that jeepney drivers and operators do not say no to the modernization, instead they oppose the money-making schemes and big business agenda behind the program.