• Protest rally set vs PUV modernization

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    PISTON and No To Jeepney Phaseout Coalition transport groups said they will hold today a protest against the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program of the government.

    The protest, which will start in front of the National Housing Authority in Quezon City at 7 a.m. and end at Mendiola in Manila, hopes to get the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Piston president and NTJPC convenor George San Mateo.

    “Let us tell President Duterte to act quickly to stop the implementation of the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines [OFG] of the Department of Transportation,” San Mateo urged jeepney drivers and operators.

    Operators in Zambales, Bataan and Pampanga are also expected to conduct a transport strike in their respective areas, according to San Mateo.

    The OFG, which was signed by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade last June 19, requires a shift to modern PUVs that comply with the emission standards of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and a three-year transition period for all existing, updated and valid franchises.

    The modern PUVs should have a Euro4 emission or better, friendly to persons with disability and senior citizens and are equipped with safety and comfort features such as CCTV, GPS, automatic fare collection system, wi-fi, speed limiters and dashboard cameras, according to the Transportation department.

    REICELENE JOY N. IGNACIO

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