MANILA - In line with its public utility vehicles modernization program, the Philippine government will require the junking of 170,000 old jeepney units through accredited scrapping companies by 2020, a transportation official said Wednesday.
Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon said an old jeepney unit may fetch P20,000 to P30,000, an amount which can augment the P80,000 government subsidy for the purchase of a brand new environmentally compliant vehicle worth about P1.8 million.
“Kailangan nating tanggalin yun sa kalsada. Binigyan kayo ng P80,000 ng gobyerno, subsidy, tapos papatakbuhin mo pa rin yung lumang unit? Binigyan ka na nga ng bagong unit ng gobyerno, you’re running the old unit kailangan talaga natin tanggalin sa kalsada,” De Leon told reporters.
Under the modernization program, which some transport groups are opposing, jeepneys need to have a 22-person seating capacity and a side door. They also need to comply with the Euro-4 emission standard to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Some jeepney driver groups have branded the program as anti-poor, as they wonder where they will get the money to pay for the million-peso worth vehicle.
De Leon said one solution to this is the formation of cooperatives.
He said cooperatives will make the financial burden easier and shorten the working hours of jeepney drivers, who will no longer have to work under a boundary system.
De Leon said a rationalization of routes will also lessen the modern jeepney units plying the road by 20 to 30 percent.