Duterte to meet transport groups amid jeepney phaseout plans

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet transport groups following the backlash of the government’s plan to phase out jeepneys older than 15 years old, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.

“The President assured the workers group that he will be holding a separate meeting with the jeepney strikers, who held a national strike on the controversial plan to phase out old jeepneys,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella told reporters.

Abella said Duterte’s meeting with transport groups is yet to be scheduled.

He said the President wants to set a dialogue with them to listen to their concerns.

A nationwide transport strike was staged last Monday, in response to government’s failure to listen to transport groups’ plea to scrap the proposed phaseout of old jeepneys in the country.

The jeepney groups are opposing the order of the Department of Transportation to prohibit jeepney models that are 15 years old and older from plying their routes.

Transport group Piston said the proposed phaseout of jeepneys will affect 600,000 drivers and 200,000 operators nationwide. (SunStar Philippines)
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