‘Fake’ Tanggal-Bulok just a repackaged jeepney phaseout – transport strikers

News Philippines Mar 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm

save_JeepneyBy Marya Salamat

MANILA – The jeepney drivers’ strike held yesterday in Metro Manila and some urban centers outside of the capital focused its attention on condemning the Duterte administration’s “Tanggal-bulok, Tanggal-usok” campaign.
They described the campaign as just a new name for the jeepney phaseout scheme, which the Duterte administration is now implementing after the past strikes exposed the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG) as anti-poor.

Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog said the new name of jeepney phaseout, “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok,” for all its positive-sounding call, is just another packaging that will not benefit the majority of Filipinos. “Its aim is not really promoting clean and modern PUJs.”

If promoting clean and modern utility jeeps is the goal, the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide and a growing alliance of commuters have already proposed some doable steps to rehabilitate the jeepney without causing the small operators and jeepney assemblers to fold up and leave the industry. They proposed to rehabilitate the jeepney without asking the commuters to pay higher fares. Under the Tanggal Bulok scheme, they said the commuters are finding it harder to get a ride and yet they are facing higher fares.

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