Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.: Jeepney Modernization Necessary But Program Implementation Needs More Discussion

2023 March 1

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Wednesday the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program is necessary, but its implementation needs more discussions among its stakeholders, particularly jeepney drivers’ groups.

In a chance interview with reporters after the launch of Halina’t Magtanim ng Prutas At Gulay, Kadiwa’y Yaman, Plants for Bountiful Barangays Movement (Hapag Kay PBBM) at the Rizal Park in the City of Manila, the chief executive said while he sees the need to modernize public utility vehicles, proper program implementation is necessary.

“Ngayon, doon sa issue sa modernization na sinasabi, sa aking palagay ay kailangan din gawin talaga ‘yan. Ngunit sa pag-aaral ko, parang hindi maganda ang naging implentation nung modernization,” (Now, with the modernization issue being said, I think that should be done as well. But in my study, it seems that the implementation of modernization has not been good) Marcos said.

“Tama naman ‘yun, kailangan safe ‘yung mga jeepney, ‘yung mga tricycle, ‘yung mga bus, kailangan safe ‘yan,” (It’s true, jeepneys, tricycles, buses need to be safe.) the President added.

There is a need to look at it in a “different way,” according to the chief executive.

“‘Yung modernization siguro, ‘yung we have to look properly at what the real timetable is for the introduction of electric vehicles kung talagang kailan, kung puwede na ngayon,” (The modernization maybe, we have to look properly at what the real timetable is for the introduction of electric vehicles if really when, if possible, now) the President said.

“Palagay ko hindi pa puwede ngayon, 30 percent pa lang ng power natin is renewable eh. So hindi pa urgent ngayon, sa ngayon. Hindi pa kaya ng impraestruktura natin so we have to build that up,” (I don’t think it’s possible yet, only 30% of our power is renewable. So, it’s not urgent right now, as of now. We don’t have the infrastructure yet, so we have to build it up.) the President pointed out.

President Marcos assured transport groups that the PUV modernization program of the government will not be an additional burden to the operators and drivers.

“Siguro kaya natin kausapin ang mga transport groups at sabihin natin hindi, babaguhin talaga namin para hindi masyadong mabigat sa bulsa ng bawat isa,” (Maybe we can talk to transport groups and say no, we’ll really change so that it won’t be too expensive for everyone) the President said.