INSIGHT: SOUTHEAST ASIA - Jeepneys, backbone of public transport in Philippines, face
8 March 2023
Despite the deadline transition and demanded a more “just and humane” extension, transport groups and individual jeepney approach to modernizing the country’s vast public operators remain steadfast in their protest, citing the transportation system. [...] IN BRIEF The strike, initially scheduled to last a week, began on March 6 and disrupted daily commutes in Metro The PUVMP aims to modernize and unify the Manila, as well as parts of Luzon Island, Bicol Region, fragmented PUV industry and to upgrade or and Cagayan De Oro. [...] palace, the heads of Manibela and PISTON agreed INSIGHT: SOUTHEAST ASIA | 1 to end the strike after the government agreed to to hold thorough inspections of existing jeepneys to undertake a “comprehensive review” of the PUVMP. [...] However, the continued use of the jeepney the country’s transportation systems will be key to has prompted growing environmental and safety revitalizing the sluggish Philippine economy. [...] Advocates for wishing to modernize their vehicles, a loan program to Inclusive Transport (PARA-AIT) has also stated that purchase and modernize vehicles, and a compensation to recuperate the cost of modernizing, operators may program for operators who are unable to continue need to hike jeepney fares up to 35 Philippine pesos working in the PUV sector due to the program.