Still no PUJs in Mandaue anytime soon

By: Immae Lachica - General Assignments Reporter/CDN Digital | June 09,2020 - 03:53 PM

Commuters wait for a ride in a bus/jeepney stop in Barangay Centro in Mandaue City in this photo taken on May 28, 2020. CDN Digital photo | Brian J. Ochoa

CEBU CITY, Philippines–Commuters in Mandaue City shouldn’t expect public utility jeepneys back anytime soon as the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM) says there is still no plan of allowing them to operate in the city.

Lawyer Jamaal Calipayan, TEAM executive director, told CDN Digital that even though the city is now under general community quarantine, there is still no plans of allowing PUJs in the traffic scene since there is still no guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

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“So di lang sa ta mag pa drive sad kay kato biyang gi require, lisod kaayo to i-implement ang social distancing kung mo operate na sa jeep. So for now, kani lang sa atong mass transport kay mao paman say gi allow sa LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board),” he said.

(We do not encourage our jeepney drivers to operate yet because implementing the requirements such as social distancing will still be very hard for us to regulate. So for now we will have to do with our mass transport that is allowed by the LTFRB.)

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However, Calipayan said that PUJ drivers may apply for a special permit to operate in the city in the office of the LTFRB in Central Visayas.

“Puwde mo apply ang jeep sa LTFRB but they will only be granting the mass transport nga maka implement sa ilang health guidelines, mao nang lisod pa sa mga jeep,” Calipayan said.

(Jeepney drivers can go to the LTFRB to apply for special permits, but they will only be granting those mass transport who can implement the health guidelines, that is why it will still be a challenge for jeepneys.)

For now, buses, tricycles and some e-jeepneys are the ones operating in Mandaue so far, according to Calipayan. /bmjo

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