MANILA, Feb. 6, 2017— A Catholic bishop called on the government to ensure that proper “safety nets” are in place before pushing through with the phase-out of old jeepneys.
San Carlos Bishop Alminaza, chairperson of the Church People-Workers Solidarity (CWS), said the plan should not be at the expense of the livelihood of jeepney drivers.
“The government should make sure the labor sector won’t be gravely disadvantaged with whatever measure they will adopt,” said the prelate.
“Are there safety nets provided for those sectors greatly affected by the phaseout?” he said.
Several transport groups in Metro Manila went on strike Monday to protest the proposed phase out of jeepneys 15-years old and above.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said the plan is part of the agency’s modernization program to reduce traffic and make passenger utility vehicles environmentally friendly.
Labor leaders warned the phase-our scheme will affect the livelihood of at least 600,000 jeepney drivers and more than 250,000 operators nationwide.
The bishop said DOTC officials should first consider the move’s socioeconomic impact before pushing through with it.
He said a proper consultation should also be conducted with the transport groups and other stakeholders. (CBCPNews)