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General Santos City (October 28, 2019) – Members of the Public Transport Alliance of Gensan (PTAG) met with officials of the local government unit of General Santos at the City Mayor’s Office Conference room to discuss issues regarding the transport sector.
During the meeting Atty. Arnel A. Zapatos of the City Administrator’s Office discussed the incoming financial assistance with the officers of PTAG and also listened to their sentiments.
“Meron tayong grant para matulungan kayo sa operation ng mga transport cooperatives ninyo. Grant ni siya, dili loan so wala mo kinahanglan bayaran sa City Government,” Atty. Zapatos said.
Despite the grant, Robert Cang, President of PTAG, said that they would need more than a P100 million to help facilitate their full transition from old jeepneys to the modern e-jeeps.
Cang also bared the problems faced by e-jeep drivers like the lack of riders who would rather ride tricycles.
The LGU assured Cang and the group that the city is moving towards zoning where different routes have different modes of transportation plying them, depending on what is best suited for those routes.
“We have to understand, kinahanglan sad nato kumbinsihon ang tawo na hinay-hinay na og balhin sa jeep. Dili ni sayon kay nasanay ang tao sa door-to-door na paghatud. Pero kinahanglan na nato mag-change kay naa na ta transport modernization law na ginasunod,” Atty. Zapatos explained.
By December, the LGU will also have the TODA summit or the Transport Operators and Drivers Association Summit helped strengthen the transition efforts of local TODAs to recognize cooperatives.
Before closing, the LGU Gensan also thanked PTAG for being one with the government’s efforts in their uphill battle towards transport modernization.
LGU Gensan is recognized nationally for being the first to pass the LPTRP or the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP), a necessary basis for the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issuance of Franchises to Public Utility Vehicles.(CPIO)