Here's What You Need to Know About the Jeepney Transport Strike

Commuters weigh in.


( One of the many issues currently dividing the country is the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program that's expected to push through this year. On one hand, the Department of Transportation and supporters of the program agree that jeepneys, which have been part of Philippine culture since post-World War II, need an upgrade. On the other, jeepney drivers protest the high cost of this program and the possibility of losing their jobs amid the modernization. This is why we’re now on the second day of the nationwide transport strike that started yesterday, October 16.



The Department of Transportation claims that "most Public Utility Vehicles on the road are not safe, not comfortable, and produce significant amounts of air pollution," thus the need to transition to "high-quality public transit requisites" that have higher capacity, low-emission, and even GPS and CCTVs. The transportation agency also pointed out that they are coordinating with the Department of Finance, Department of Trade and Industry, and other financial institutions to set up a loan program for the e-jeepney. The price of the units has yet to be divulged by the government, but jeepney unions say that it's at P1.5 million each.



In a statement, Sen. Grace Poe said that "the two-day nationwide transport strike on October 16 and 17 should serve as a wake-up call to the Department of Transportation to listen to the jeepney drivers and operators, who have been airing their woes about the program."




Commuters themselves have been commenting about the issue—some banking on facts, some tweeting their most honest response. As this is a national concern, it’s definitely something to think about.












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