Issue of September 17, 2017
Mt. Province

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Jeepney associations get support from council

The coalition of jeepney associations in Baguio and Benguet found an ally at City Hall with the city council supporting the approval of Resolution 329, s. 2017 supporting the call against the phase-out of old jeepneys to be replaced with modern jeepneys.

Department of Transportation Order 2017-011 or the Omnibus Guidelines on the Planning and Identification of Public Road Transportation Services and Franchise Issuance issued last June 19 stated that old and “dilapidated” jeepneys should be replaced with Euro-4 compliant engines or those powered by electric, hybrid, or liquefied petroleum gas.

While the coalition understands the intention of the order, which is to achieve a safe, comfortable, and environmentally sustainable mode of public transport, they are convinced that the jeepney modernization program is economically burdensome.

Pilot tests have also shown that an e-jeepney cannot navigate the terrain of Baguio.

Costs also have to be considered on the affected drivers and operators, according to the resolution. A modern jeepney reportedly costs P1 million.

Penned by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and Councilors Joel Alangsab and Arthur Allad-iw, the resolution stated that modernizing jeepneys at this point would deprive the public of affordable means of transportation.

Copies of the resolution would be forwarded to the Office of the President and other concerned offices for their information and appropriate action.

Meanwhile, the council requested the City Buildings and Architecture Office to investigate and submit a report within 90 days an inventory of all the structures at Barangay Lower Rock Quarry especially those built near the proposed sewerage treatment plant to ascertain that the structures are safe for occupancy.

Based on earlier ocular inspections conducted by some members of the city council, there are several structures without occupancy permits that were built near the proposed STP. Considering the loose soil condition in the area, the council is worried that weak or substandard structures might collapse and endanger the lives of the occupants.

To support the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’s program in promoting the regular use of coins for a more improved and efficient coin recirculation system, the council passed Resolution 325, s. 2017 seeking the help of malls, shopping complexes, retail stores, and other similar establishments to encourage customers and patrons to use or exchange coins.

Penned by Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr., the resolution agrees with BSP’s findings that retailers and business associations, as major stakeholders with towering demand for coins particularly the lower-denominated ones, can greatly help the public realize the importance of coins and inculcate the habit of regularly using coins in disbursing payments and giving the exact change.

A study conducted by the BSP reveals that there is an artificial shortage due to ineffective circulation of coins due to keeping coins idle either by using it as washers, throwing away at natural pools, or hoarding it inside bank vaults, piggy banks, and drawers.

In consonance with the policy for a sound and safe playing area, the council requested through a resolution that the City Environment and Parks Management Office do regular maintenance and replace its dilapidated facilities at the Children’s Playground at Burnham Park.

In Resolution 331, the council commended Renato Campos Hafalla for returning a lost mobile phone.

Hafalla, the former punong barangay and kagawad of Hillside, found inside his taxicab the mobile phone of his passenger Jo Xyrah Basilio, which he immediately returned to its owner.

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