VP Leni to improve service contracting of transport sector: “Kaisa niyo kami”

April 22, 2022

Presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo signed a covenant with eight representatives of the transport sector on Friday, April 22 at the Leni-Kiko Volunteer Center, Quezon City, in an effort to advance the welfare of drivers and operators nationwide.

The covenant included provisions upholding the dignity of drivers and operators, ensuring their health and safety, providing clear access to benefits, and including them in decisionmaking processes.

It also pushed for a better service contracting program for the transport sector which shall properly address the needs of both drivers and riders.

“Magkakaroon ng isang maayos na ‘service contracting program’ upang mas gawing organisado ang mga pampublikong transportasyon na naayon sa serbisyong nakatuon at nakasentro sa pangangailangan ng mananakay,” the covenant read.

Robredo said she has been pushing for better service contracting when the COVID-19 pandemic happened.

“Matagal namin 'yun na tinutulak, pero hindi nangyari. Nangyari lang noong nagkaroon na talaga ng total shutdown ng mga public transport. Parang masyadong kulang 'yung planong ginawa, kaya ang ginawa po ng opisina namin, nakipag-partner kami– naglagay kami ng mga shuttle buses. [T]iningnan namin 'yung napakaliit namin na pondo, at naisip namin, itulong na lang. Kung ano 'yung kaya namin, itulong na lang,” Robredo said.

Robredo also said that the remaining unspent funds for service contracting should be used to support drivers and operators who lost their livelihood during the pandemic.

“‘Yung pera, ‘yung 4 billion pang hindi nagagastos, puwede sana iyon itulong sa mga pamilya na nawalan ng hanapbuhay sa transport sector, pero hindi nangyayari,” Robredo added.

The presidential candidate assured the transport sector that she will do her best to help the sector come back stronger from the debilitating effects of the pandemic.

“Pero 'yung akin lang commitment sa inyo: nandito kami, kaisa niyo kami. Kahit pa hindi pa ako Pangulo, ginawa ko 'yung mga puwedeng gawin para kahit papaano maibsan 'yung kahirapan na pinagdadaanan ninyo. [M]akakaasa kayo na po-proteksyunan namin kayo sa abot ng aming makakaya,” Robredo said. [End]

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