The government's proposed PUV modernization program has been met with its fair share of critics. Chief among them are a number of transport groups who have been very vocal about their opposition.
However, during the ongoing Senate committee hearing chaired by Senator Grace Poe regarding the program, the president of transport group ACTO, Efren de Luna, admitted that many of his drivers use surplus engines in their vehicles.
“Nagulat ho ako ng sinasabing lahat kayo gumagamit ng surplus. Titingnan ko lang ho kasi meron yatang bawal gamitin yang surplus, o may moratorium sa surplus,” said Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade. He also said that Executive Order No. 156, issued under president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, prohibits the use of surplus parts.
Another transport group member, Obet Martin of Pasang Masda, echoed a similar claim—though with a different sentiment. “Unsafe na talaga ang lumang jeepneys. Isa yan sa dahilan kaya tumataya ang Pasang Masda sa modernization program ng gobyerno,” Martin said.
Senator Grace Poe, meanwhile, urged the opposing transport groups to set aside any further plans for a strike and focus on hashing out any remaining issues they may face when the program is implemented.
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