The Philippine government, specifically the Department of Transportation, Department of Trade and Industry, along with entities like the Truck Manufacturers Association, Philippine Parts Makers Association, Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, and the Automotive Body Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (ABMAP) have been pushing for the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) modernization program.
Also known as the Eco PUV, the said program aims to field brand-new jeepneys and other forms of public transport. The said move would greatly benefit the riding public as it would give them a safe, comfortable, and hopefully stress-free means of getting around.
Yet for all that it promises, many groups are still quite anxious about what the future holds for this program. More specifically, drivers and operators are skeptical about what the said program would do to their bottom line. They are of the opinion that it would leave them with nothing, more so a huge dent in their pocket even before they are able to pay off the loan.
This is more to the contrary, notes ABMAP. The said group computed the total cost of running the said jeepneys and revealed that it would be more beneficial to all. Under the current system the average gross venue of a jeepney driver would be around P4,000 a day. Take away about P1,000 for fuel, P600 for operator boundary or driver salary, and maintenance costs racking up P400. The driver would then be left with P2,000, working for roughly 16 to 18 hours a day.