Senate Majority Floor Leader and vice presidential candidate Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday said he and running mate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are strongly pushing for abolition of the “boundary system” as a mode of compensation for drivers of buses and jeepneys in the country.
Duterte and Cayetano were in Iloilo City on Monday where they met with bus and jeepney drivers, who complained about the burdensome “boundary system.”
They said because of the system, public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers earn only P300-400 daily.
In a statement, Cayetano said the boundary system or the commission-basis scheme forces the bus and jeepney drivers to work 10-12 hours a day and compete with each other to pick up more passengers, often at the expense of safety and traffic rules.
If elected, Cayetano said the first thing he and Duterte will do is to cleanse the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Land Transportation Office and its mother agency, the Department of Transportation and Communications, of corruption and ineptitude.
“Incompetence breeds corruption. And corruption thrives in a culture of ineptitude. Mayor Duterte and I will not allow these things to continue,” he added.
“If elected, we will make sure that the different transportation agencies will truly serve the needs of our transport workers,” Cayetano said.
He and Duterte then promised to give easier access to capital to transport cooperatives, and increase the PhilHealth’s budget to subsidize transport wor- kers’ premiums.