IF plans push through, the jeepney modernization, controversial as it is, will be implemented by the government on December 31.
This could bring, God forbid, chaos on the transport sector as jeepney drivers/operators might hold massive strikes as they’ve always done to protest the project.
The government’s wish to have our drivers/operators organize themselves into cooperatives in order to avail of benefits for the jeepney modernization has become as unpopular as Judas’ kiss of death.
Drivers/operators earn an average P2,000 per day. But the instalment for the modern jeepney is pegged at P3,500 at least. A yawning gap.
The modern jeepney costs P2.8 million more or less, the traditional jeepney only P250,000.
The government has pledged a subsidy of P160,000 only. A pittance as that is only 6 percent of the total cost of the modern jeepney.
We need to pause and take stock of things. The modern jeepney is not an issue of life and death. Listen to our drivers/operators.
A win-win solution will come as natural as breathing through a dialogue under an atmosphere of peace and friendship.
JON Hernandez reported that San Miguel Corp. (SMC) and Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) have signed an Integration Agreement to connect the Arca South on and off ramps into the Skyway system via the upcoming South East Metro Manila Expressway or Skyway Stage 4 project.
The collaboration marks a significant milestone in addressing the growing need for efficient transportation and connectivity in Metro Manila.
SMC President and CEO Ramon S. Ang (RSA), Ayala Corp. President Cezar P. Consing, and ALI President and CEO Anna Ma. Margarita B. Dy, signed the agreement.
The integration of Arca South on and off ramps into the Skyway Stage 4 project, is set to commence construction in 2024 and will enable seamless access from the Skyway to Arca South.
SMC Infrastructure is the concessionaire for the 32.66-kilometer Skyway Stage 4 that connects the Skyway system at the Arca South all the way to Batasan Complex in Quezon City. The expressway will provide an alternate route from the South to the Eastern parts of Metro Manila including Rizal province.
With interchanges at Ortigas Avenue Extension, Marcos Highway, and Tumana Bridge towards the Batasan complex, it is seen to ease traffic congestion on major arteries such as EDSA and C5, and enhance connectivity throughout Metro Manila’s Eastern corridor.
Said RSA: “We are grateful for this opportunity to work with Ayala Land. This also supports the vision for Arca South to create more jobs, new business opportunities, and deliver more residential and lifestyle options for Filipinos—while dispersing economic growth and easing traffic congestion. We will pave the way towards a more connected Metro Manila, where people have a better chance to thrive, prosper, and enhance their quality of life.”
His heart always attached to nation-building, RSA will not stop at improving the life of the Filipino people. Carry on, Sir.
PEE STOP Sunshine Cabrera is excited to welcome the opening today, December 8, of the “Go Electrified Tour” at One Bonifacio High St. at BGC Taguig. Held up to December 10, the show features Toyota’s specialized hybrid vehicle line-up free to the public. Cheers!