The public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program will entitle drivers to benefits such as regular salary and social security benefits and better working conditions, a transport department consultant said.
The system of paying “boundary” fees will also be overhauled, with drivers to be recognized as formal employees by operators.
Transport department road sector senior consultant Alberto Suansing on Thursday said jeepney drivers would no longer be paid based on the number of passengers in a day.
“Ang hindi naha-highlight doon sa PUV Modernization Program is iyong intention na baguhin iyong kondisyon ng driver/operator. Kasi sa mahabang panahon, ang sitwasyon ng driver and operator, diyan sa mga jeep na iyan, ang driver umaasa siya sa kita niya base sa dami ng pasaherong kaniyang naisakay [na nasa]… humigit-kumulang… P400, sa mahabang oras na pagmamaneho,” Suansing said.
“Gusto nating mabago iyang sitwayon na iyan under the PUV Modernization Program. Ang driver, ang mangyayari sa kanila, hindi na iyong maghahanap sila ng pasahero, makikipag-unahan sila sa ibang jeep para makakuha ng pasahero, dahil ang kanilang kompensasyon ay magiging sahuran sila ayon sa labor standard,” he added.
Employers will be required to pay for insurance programs and social security, so drivers can receive financial assistance even after retirement, he said.
In an interview over One News’ “The Chiefs” last June 2, Suansing said the phaseout of old jeepneys would push through this year.
Old jeepneys were given only until December to consolidate. Jeepneys may be allowed to operate once the second phase of public transport resumption rolls out on June 22, but modernized jeepneys will be prioritized. John Ezekiel J. Hirro