With the previous interviews and reports, Mayor Ahong Chan from Lapu-Lapu city said that he will block or oppose with the upcoming e-jeeps and buses because the tricycle and multicab drivers were greatly affected.
But Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 regional director Col. Eduardo Montealto said that he wants Secretary Michael Dino to intervene with the issue and there must only be “misunderstanding.”
Today, July 18, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino met with Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan to clarify about the issue on the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program that is being implemented in Mactan Island.
Mayor Chan seeks the review and revision of the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) that was earlier submitted by the former administration. Chan also clarified that he is supportive of the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Administration.
Mayor Chan said that he is in favor of the modernization program. However, he is just concern with the routes of the E-jeeps. He reiterated that he doesn’t want the current tricycle and multicab drivers to be displaced following the plan of having 100 e-jeepneys plying the City.
In its initial launch, 25 e-jeepneys were deployed on the island of Mactan that will ply four routes from Lapu-Lapu City to Cordova. The Mayor of the “Historic Resort City” also clarified that he is not against giving commuters an option for transportation but rather he wants to talk with the drivers to submit a better route plan for both e-jeep, multicabs, and tricycles.
After Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 regional director Col. Eduardo Montealto Jr., asked Presidential Assistant to the Visayas Secretary Michael Dino to intervene on the issue, the Secretary set an appointment with Chan and Montealto.
“I know that Mayor Chan is a very reasonable man and how he has been very supportive of President Duterte’s programs,” said Dino. Together with them were Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 regional director Victor Caindec and Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 regional director Shahlimar Hofer Tamano.
Montealto told Chan that the Department of Transportation in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has a livelihood program for the drivers in the country. The “Tsuper Iskolar” is a scholarship program for the drivers and their family members to give them more skills and livelihood opportunities.
Montealto also said that they will wait for the revision of the route plan adding that there will be a feasibility monitoring within the three years of implementing the PUVMP to check the viability of the current transportation situation./HTLenis