21B drivers ask Cebu City to lift ban-A A +A
Friday, August 16, 2013
AFTER being banned for three years, drivers of public utility jeepneys (PUJ) from Mandaue City are asking the Cebu City Government to again allow them to ply the city’s streets.
In a letter to Mayor Michael Rama dated Aug. 7, the 21B Mandaue Night Drivers’ and Operators’ Association (MNDAOA) is requesting Cebu City to let them enter the Colon area from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
“Anang panahona sa kagabhion, luag na kaayo ang kadalanan ingon man dili na kaayo bul-og ang gidaghanon sa mga sakyanan. Sanglit pagka-alas sais, dili na usab kami mosulod sa Colon og taman na usab kami sa rota nga gigahin kanamo gikan sa kagamhanan sa Siudad (The streets aren’t so busy during that time. There aren’t that many vehicles on the road. And at 6 a.m., we will no longer proceed to Colon St. We will instead stick to our given route),” said Leonides Tapilot, president of MNDAOA.
If Cebu City will grant the group’s request, the daily earnings of its members will surely go up, Tapilot said.
In 2010, the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) banned 21B jeepneys from entering Cebu City.
The 21B jeepneys used to travel on Osmeña Blvd. before heading to Colon St.
The ban followed after a 21B jeepney collided with a taxi and hit another jeepney (21D), injuring several passengers.
It was also in compliance with City Ordinance 1837, which cut short the Mandaue City-Cebu City route by preventing 21B jeepneys from reaching the downtown area.
Today, 21B jeepneys are only allowed to travel up to the Cebu Business Park. They then proceed to Cardinal Rosales St., then to Pope John Paul II Ave. (formerly known as San Jose de la Montaña Ave.), then to M.J. Cuenco Ave. before heading back to Mandaue City.
Looking into it
Tapilot said they are willing to meet with Mayor Michael Rama to formally present their request.
Tapilot said they hope the City will grant their request, considering they have not violated the ban.
Sought for comment, Citom Executive Director Atty. Rafael Yap said the mayor’s office has referred the matter to his office for study.
In the meantime, he said, the current setup will remain.
In his news conference yesterday, Rama said they will look into the 21B jeepney drivers’ request.
He pointed out, though, that the City has not allowed jeepneys from other local government units like Talisay City from using the city’s streets.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 16, 2013.