Manila Standard : Jeepney groups welcome Marcos’ transport agenda

25 October 2021

By Manila Standard

As different transportation groups expressed their alliance and support to presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., heads of the jeepney sector said they are confident that their lives will improve under his leadership.

“What we liked about Bongbong Marcos is that his heart is in the right place and he does not resort to mudslinging. He has vowed to ensure that transport groups have their own funds under the Public Transport Consumers Tax Bill. This is a big boost as funds for our continued modernization will come from this measure,” said Liga ng Transportasyon at Operators ng Pilipinas (LTOP) National President Orlando Marquez said.

“Senator Marcos wants jeepney drivers, as frontliners, too, who serve the public, to have decent housing and living conditions,” he added.

Marquez said the jeepney sector is one of the biggest taxpayers in the country and being prioritized for modernization funds will greatly help them, especially after they were badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During his meeting with the transport sector groups, Marcos assured them of continuous modernization of jeepneys without compromising their classic design which is part of Philippine heritage.

He also vowed to push for the inclusion of transportation groups in public consultations to prevent them from suffering from unfair ordinances and penalties issued by the national and local government.

Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburbs Drivers Association (Pasang Masda) National President Roberto Martin said Marcos is the only candidate who showed better programs for the transportation sector.

Heads and other officials of major transportation groups including LTOP, Pasang Masda, Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP); Philippine Confederation of Drivers and Operators – Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (PCDO-ACTO); Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP); Federation of Ayala Center Transport Terminals Inc.; and Tiger in Asia agreed that Marcos will be their sector’s “best bet” in the 2022 national elections.