'Cash voucher' for jeepney drivers is 'band-aid' solution, transport leader says

Sherrie Anne Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 18 2018 10:21 PM

MANILA - Pasang Masda President Obet Martin calls as “band aid” solution the P5,000 “cash voucher” being readied by the government for public utility jeepneys (PUJ) drivers.

For Martin, what would really help them is to allot the budget to jeepney cooperatives for longer aid.

"Matagal ko nang ino-oppose yung voucher. Ang sabi this is only the band aid solution bakit di na lang idagdag ng gobyerno sa aming pondo pandagdag sa aming modernization program… Itong P5,000 cash voucher na ito, one time lang to. Maari sa isa-dalawang araw okay driver. Pang-apat nakanganga na naman. Kung maaari idagdag na lang na pondo sa aming modernization program," Martin said.

(I have long been opposing this voucher. This is a band-aid solution. Why can't the government just add the amount to our funds for the modernization program. The P5,000 cash voucher will just be given once. It may help the driver for a day or two, but after a few days, he won't have any. If possible, the amount should just be added to our funds for the modernization program.)

Transportation Undersecretary Tim Orbos said the agency is eyeing the distribution of a Pantawid Pasada aid via card system.
He added the agency is just waiting for the final inventory report of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on the list of legitimate jeepney franchise holders.

"Katulad sa Metro Manila, there was time na dalawa listahan dito. We just want to make sure na mapunta talaga ang pera sa may prangkisa. 'Yun ang naging problema noon sa distribution," Orbos said.

(Here in Metro Manila, there was a time we have two lists. We just want to make sure the money goes to those who have a franchise. That was the problem in the distribution.)