Senator Sonny Angara wants to know if the federal government has put enought security nets in place for drivers who might be affected by the Department of Transportation’s public utility automobile (PUV) modernization program.

Angara has filed a decision asking the Senate to look into the PUV modernization program following the protests staged in opposition to it by jeepney drivers.

“We must allay the fears of the vulnerable members of our public transport sector by ensuring that adequate social protection measures are in place. Dapat ay mabigyan sila ng sapat na tulong pinansyal para sila ay makasunod sa modernisasyon. Dahil talaga pong umaalma ang mga tsuper at malilit na operators sa pangambang mawawalan sila ng hanapbuhay kapag tuluyan nang ipagbawal ang pagbyahe ng mga lumang jeepney,” stated Angara, chairman of the Senate methods and means committee.

The Department of Transportation formally launched on Monday (June 19) the PUV modernization program which seeks to offer protected, comfy and eco-friendly mode of public transport to commuters.

The program goals to step by step section out previous and dilapidated jeepneys, working for 15 years or extra, and substitute them with environment-friendly autos geared up with extra environment friendly engines, reminiscent of Euro four engines or electrically powered engines with photo voltaic panels for roofs.

The Department of Finance has said that half of the incremental revenues that might be collected from the proposed enhance in excise taxes on oil will go the PUV modernization program to subsidize the conversion of jeepneys to extra environment friendly engines and our bodies.

Transportation businesses have stated that jeepney drivers could have higher advantages below the PUV modernization program since they’ll have common month-to-month salaries and advantages, as an alternative of the prevailing boundary system, in addition to lowered working hours.

Training and capability constructing applications will likewise be arrange for PUV drivers and operators to inculcate highway security classes to attenuate accidents on the highway, and correct etiquette when coping with passengers.