A local transport group says it will hold off on imposing a fare hike if the Philippine government grants jeepney drivers a fuel discount.
According to a report by CNN Philippines, Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) head George San Mateo said that a P6.00 discount per liter of fuel should be applied to the first 30 liters a jeepney consumes in a day. He added that oil companies should only charge the regular rate after the 30-liter limit.
San Mateo, who is also a very vocal opponent of the Department of Transportation's (DOTr) PUV Modernization Program, also challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to show the same kind of toughness against oil companies. "Tingnan natin ang astig niya sa mga oil companies at china-challenge namin siya," San Mateo said, while accusing the president of cheating poor Filipinos.
Earlier in January, the DOTr already made concessions to operators by allowing jeepneys aged 15 years and older to continue working so as long as they pass a roadworthiness test first. Let's see what the government makes of PISTON's latest request in the PUV modernization saga.