Council rejects drivers’ objection over PUJ pass

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


THE Iloilo City Council’s committee on transportation has rejected the objection of a group of drivers on the proposed ordinance limiting the issuance of public utility jeepney (PUJ) car pass to only four for each town.

A total of nine transport organizations covering some 1,000 jeepney passenger units in seven municipalities in southern Iloilo signed a resolution expressing in strongest terms their objection to the proposed city ordinance which was authored by Councilor Plaridel Nava.

The Federation of Southern Iloilo Transport Association (FSITA) sought the assistance of the Municipal Council of San Joaquin, Iloilo which enacted Resolution No. 2014-058 endorsing to the Iloilo City Council said resolution.

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Nava, chairman of the City Council’s committee on transportation, said his proposed ordinance, which is now on first reading, will impose the increased penalties on provincial PUJs entering Iloilo City. Under the ordinance, the violation will be considered a criminal offense subject for sanctions by the court.

Nava said the limited car pass to each town is already included in the amended Perimeter Boundary Ordinance (PBO) calling for the complete abolition of the car pass system.

Nava said the City Council approved that only four car passes will be issued to each town with the municipal mayor giving the four car passes to any jeepney driver of his choice and not to the transport organization.

Nava said the four car passes will be issued to all 43 towns in the province of Iloilo except in first towns which are members of the Metro Iloilo Guimaras Economic Development Council (MIGEDC).

The first towns under the MIGEDC are Leganes, Pavia, San Miguel, Oton and Sta Barbara which is the gateway for the Iloilo international airport.

The towns will be given priority in car passes from 40 to 60 percent of the total number of their jeepney passenger units.

The City Government will soon issue a new car pass with close security measures and barcode to determine the authenticity of the car pass which were fake and mass reproduced in the past.

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