THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) said that they will support the planned transport modernization project of Davao City in establishing the High Priority Bus System (HPBS) to replace public utility jeepneys.
LTO-Davao regional director Gomer Dy said that they will cooperate and support the modernization effort of the local government through providing the needed data in the conduct of study and planning for its implementation.
"The LTO supports the project by providing ADB (Asian Development Bank) the necessary statistics data on the number of motor vehicles affected and maybe also the number of drivers affected and operators in coordination with the LTFRB," Dy said.
According to him, the ADB will present their study on specific routes and its possible effects on the residents.
Dy showed concern that the project would somehow affect jeepney drivers and operators. He said there were oppositions from operators and drivers that will have to be resolved.
Dy said that initially, the identified routes where the bus system will be implemented include Davao-Toril, Davao-Calinan, and Davao-Lasang, adding that ADB will soon present the concept of the mass transport system study.
Earlier, in her State of the City Address, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio urged drivers to transfer into feeder routes that are not affected by the bus routes but she further clarified that jeepneys will not be phased out.
The mayor also said that drivers can invest on HPBS, or be bus drivers instead.
"I want our drivers to be investors of the HPBS so that they will not be poor and sickly in working according to their financier for the operators. We invite them to be businessmen, this is what I emphasized to the ABD and transportation committee," she said.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on September 17, 2017.
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