The United Negros Drivers and Operators Center is urging the government to act on their petition to give a P6 discount per liter to drivers if they consume more than 15 liters of fuel daily, in view of the increase in its prices due to the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion, or TRAIN law.
Undoc secretary-general Diego Malacad said yesterday that the discount will help the jeepney drivers to cope with the increase in fuel prices due to TRAIN, and the situation in the international market.
Their petition states that when a driver consumes more than 15 liters of fuel, they should have a P6 discount per liter in their next refueling within that day, Malacad said.
He said they already sent the petition to Malacañang and the Department of Energy, and other concerned agencies, however, they have not received a response from these offices.
“We have many petitions filed in different government agencies but we got no response," he said, adding "We do not want to make our drivers look like slaves, that is why we forwarded these concerns for them to address.”
Road dangers might threaten the riding public due to irresponsible actions if the drivers are not earning well, he added.
Apart from this call, Undoc also held a lightning rally in front of the Land Transportation, Franchising, and Regulatory BoardBacolod office Monday against President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for jeepney modernization.
Malacad said they were supposed to join the transport strike on Monday but they only conducted a lightning rally due to the examinations of students this week.
The move will affect 4,000 jeepney operators and more than 3,000 drivers in Negros if the jeepney modernization plan is approved, Malacad said.
He said they are asking the House of Representatives and Senate committees on transportation to tackle this proposal and there should be no monopoly in policy-making, implementation, and collection in the Palace.
“What would be the purpose of Congress if the president governs the country like a dictator?" Malacad asked, adding that they are now in the works to lobby for their concerns on jeepney modernization at the legislative branch.
More action protests might be staged across the country to air the sentiments of jeepney drivers and operators on this issue, and to present their alternative to make the modernization optional and lessen the cost of purchasing ‘modern jeepneys’, he said.*MLG
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