Iloilo City suspends transportation program limiting jeepney services
OITILO City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas suspended the new transportation system that restricts provincial jeepneys from the city, providing a 45-day period for further consultation and policy review.
In an executive order dated July 1, his first under his new three-year term, the mayor said the 45-day suspension will begin after a week that will be used for preparedness activities on traffic congestion expected with the return of jeepneys from the towns of Oton, Pavia and Leganes.
Mr. Treñas said the order is in consideration of the “ever-existing COVID-19 pandemic that necessitates adherence to health and safety protocols, rising commodity prices, inflation experienced by national and local economies, public outcry from the community, and impending increase commuters due to the upcoming opening of classes.”
The nationwide base fare for traditional jeepneys has been increased from P9 to P11 effective July 1 due to rising fuel prices.
The Iloilo Provincial Council, which has administrative authority over the three cities, had previously asked the independent Iloilo City Government to reassess its new transportation system, citing the “vertiginous increase in the prices of crude oil, gasoline and other petroleum products”.
“(T)transport groups and passengers from municipalities will be burdened with multiple routes and exorbitant transport fares,” said the Iloilo Provincial Council in a resolution.
During the 45-day suspension of the transport program, which was first implemented on June 12, Mr. Treñas said that all stakeholders in the public transport system — including operators, cooperatives, drivers, the constituency public and the Land Transportation Regulatory and Franchise Commission — box “respond to their respective concerns” to the Iloilo City Council.
Iloilo City, located west of the central Philippines, is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the country.
Mr Treñas, who pursues green urbanization policies and programs, won his re-election bid in May with a landslide victory. — MSD