SENATOR Grace Poe said that she would invite Transportation Secretary Arturo Tugade to the hearing of the Public Services Committee for him to tell the stakeholders his plans to the public transport sector.
This was the response of the senator to the appeal of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) to have Tugade invited to the Senate hearing so that it could have a chance to air its concerns directly to him.
Piston agreed to call off the scheduled transport strike on December 4 and 5 and agreed to Poe’s request to sit down with the committee and discuss the group’s concerns regarding the proposed jeepney modernization program of the government.
Poe in a statement welcomed the decision of Piston and No to Jeepney Phaseout Coalition to accede to the Senate’s appeal.
“Issues can be better discussed and resolved when sobriety and judiciousness are exercised, in pursuit of the highest public good,” she added.
Poe said she was hoping that Tugade would be present in the hearing because the concerns of many would depend on the outcome of the hearing.
“Pagkakataon ni Secretary Tugade na ilatag sa madla ang kaniyang mga plano at ipahiwatig ang kanyang malasakit (this is an opportunity for Secretary Tugade present to the public his plans and to show his concern),” the senator said.
Poe will file a resolution on Monday calling for the inquiry on December 7. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA