THE Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP) has commended Manila 1st District Rep. Manny Lopez for his concerns on the plight of public utility jeepney drivers and operators.
FEJODAP National President Ricardo “Boy” Rebaño expressed the federation’s gratitude to Lopez for his intervention.
“Maraming salamat, Cong. Manny, sa tulong mo sa FEJODAP para maiparating at maging tulay sa LTFRB and aming mga katanungan at bagay na kailangan hinging paliwanag. Action man ang butihin congressman. Kami po sa FEJODAP ay saludo sayo. Mabuhay ka!!” Rebaño said.
Lopez, chairman of the House committee on Metro Manila development, assisted the transport workers with Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to air their queries and requests, which LTFRB Chairman, Atty. Martin B. Delgra III immediately acted upon.
“Nakakataba ng puso na ang ating pagsisikap na matulungan ang ating mga driver ay kagyat na natugunan ni Chairman Delgra,” said Lopez.
On May 26, 2021, FEJODAP welcomed the LTFRB’s response providing the requested list of permitted routes and the clarifications on the industry consolidation of individual franchise operators.
“Mabuti na lamang po na meron tayong napakamatulungin na si Manila Congressman Lopez sa aming mga jeepney drivers at operators. At least may iba sa amin na makakabyahe na habang ang iba ay pwedeng magkaroon ng alternatibong kabuhayan,” the Fejodap president added.
The FEJODAP was also informed that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and LTFRB will collaborate with Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to aid affected drivers and operators in starting up their own small businesses through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).
They also have an option to avail of other skills training with TESDA for those who opt to continue with the modernization program or consider other employment opportunities.
The Board also assured the Federation that they remain to be sensitive in considering the plight of the stakeholders, especially during this time of pandemic.