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‘Kontra Usok, Kontra Bulok’ a smoke-screen for PUJs phaseout

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The Kontra Bulok, Kontra Usok program of the Department of Transportation is just a smoke-screen for the phaseout of old passenger utility jeepneys (PUJs).

This was declared by George San Mateo, the president of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON), during DZRH’ One On One.

According to San Mateo, the ongoing campaign of the DOTr seeks to forward the phaseout of old PUJs, and the selling of overpriced vehicles that are promoted by the government.

“Smoke-screen lang nila iyan para itulak na yung pag-phaseout ng mga jeepneys para mas madaling mai-bugaw ng gobyerno yung mabilisang pagbebenta ng mga napaka-mamahalin at over-priced na sasakyan na nais nilang ipalit sa jeepney.” San Mateo said.

The militant transport leader further added that Kontra Bulok, Kontra Usok program is a form of ‘psy-war’ so that operators will be forced to buy new vehicles.

“Iyang Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok, pang psy-war iyan sa mga maliliit na operator para mapilitan bumili ng bago.” San Mateo further added.

San Mateo also clarified that they support the plan to modernize the public utility vehicles in the Philippines, however, they oppose the scheme of the DOTr and the Duterte government.

He explained that the PUV modernization program does not seek to upgrade the public transport system, but seeks to profit from the selling of expensive vehicles.

“Negosyong-negosyo yung programa nila. Hindi talaga nais i-modernize yung jeepneys o yung public transports.” San Mateo insisted. “Gusto lang pagkakitaan sa pamamagitan nitong pagbebenta ng mamahalin na ipapasagot sa mga operator yung bunto ng gastos.”

The president of PISTON also claimed that the DOTr has not yet allocated a budget for the promised Php 80,000 subsidy that will assist operators and drivers in purchasing the modern PUJs.

Katiting-titing na sinasabi nilang subsidy na 80,000 pesos pero wala pa silang kabuuang budget para doon.” San Mateo explained.

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