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Jeepneys should be phased out in the Metro


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:45:00 09/29/2010

Filed Under: Transport, Pollution, Environmental pollution

WITH POOR window and ?backdoor-less? design, not only are they one of the main causes of pollution, they directly expose passengers to the toxic carbon dioxide that they emit.

According to the 2007 joint report of the World Bank and the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources, poor air quality kills about 5,000 people in Metro Manila every year.

The ?too-open? design of jeepneys also exposes passengers to unnecessary danger. We are aware that there have been countless incidents of passengers being harassed and held up, which only proves that jeepneys are not exactly designed to ensure passenger safety. The large number of jeepneys in Metro Manila contributes as well, and to a large degree, to traffic congestion. And the usually loud noise of their engines assault the ears. Their presence violates the concept of a modern and efficient mass transit system.

Also, jeepney drivers defy every traffic rule there is and turn streets into terminals, and the convenience of their passengers is the least of their concern.

Some people may find it more practical to commute on jeepneys because they offer the cheapest fare. The phase-out of jeepneys would likely affect the marginalized, not to mention the inconsiderate, jeepney drivers who would lose their jobs. But we can?t trade good health for cheaper fares. We can?t risk precious lives for a few pesos of savings. E-jeepneys can take the place of the old type of jeepneys, but it would take time and huge investment before e-jeepneys can be deployed in commercial quantity. Toward this end, the government can help speed up the process.

?REYNALDO D. PAGSOLINGAN JR.,

reyndevil@yahoo.com



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