Modernization, yes; jeepney phaseout, no
Dear President Marcos Jr.,
I, Michael Benedict Ordenes, a senior high school student from Laguna, am writing to express my deep concern regarding the proposed jeepney phaseout.
As a regular commuter and a concerned citizen, I believe that the government’s initiative toward modernizing the public transportation system should not come at the cost of completely removing the iconic jeepney from our roads.
The jeepney is not just a mode of transport, it is a part of our culture and heritage. For decades, it has been serving the people of the Philippines and is considered the backbone of our public transportation system. While modernization is necessary, it should not completely eliminate jeepneys from our roads. Instead, we can make efforts to modernize them by adhering to the basic standards for a public transport vehicle that ensures the comfort of both drivers and commuters while still maintaining their classic look.
It is also imperative for the government to recognize the importance of supporting the livelihood of jeepney drivers and operators. The phaseout has been met with resistance as it presents a significant financial burden to the affected parties, from the prohibitive cost of the new vehicles to other additional expenses such as fuel, maintenance, and repair.
I urge the government to take immediate action and cease the ongoing jeepney phaseout until a viable solution that works for all is reached.
Michael Benedict Ordenes
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