FEELING THE CRUNCH

Dad says PUJ drivers, operators to initially feel economic impact of mass transit system

Davao City’s plan to implement the mass transit system is expected to improve ridership in the city and at the same time adversely impact some sectors specially public transport drivers and operators.  

The High Priority Bus System (HPBS) project, which is part of a comprehensive transportation plan of the city government in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), aims to replace the public utility jeepneys (PUJs) in the city.

In an interview, Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said the people will feel the impact of the implementation citing that the most affected sector will be the jeepney operators and the drivers.

“But there will be some place for them. Dili man pud abrupt because we are trying to consider the economic impact to them but whether we like or not, change has come. We cannot live anymore in the past. A lot of drivers will be affected but like I said dili nata puwede mupuyo sa mga nilabay na panahon kay dako na ug kausaban,” he said.

Dayanghirang also cited a number passengers being stranded from afternoon until nighttime due to shortage of jeepneys in the city.
“Ang ginatan-aw ni Mayor Inday ang implications sa mga pasahero. Ginatan-aw pud niya ang comfort sa pasahero,” he added.

The city government of Davao already discussed with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and private bus companies.

“If you notice there will be a changes in the landscape in the sense that the city government of Davao is moving for a mass transit so therefore there will be a lot of buses.

This is the instruction of the mayor that we should go to a mass transit and this will involve big bus companies. Naa na gipang-aprubahan na mga bus ang LTFRB upon the recommendation of the city government of Davao,” Dayanghirang said.