Senator Grace Poe on Saturday offered to “lend an ear” to transport groups who were planning to hold a two-day strike next week to oppose jeepney modernization.
She appealed to Piston and Stop Jeepney Phaseout Coalition to “call off” their planned strike on December 4 to 5 and talk to her instead.
“Let us sit down and talk, and find ways to move forward with solutions that are socially just and feasible,” said Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services.
She is set to conduct an “urgent” public hearing on Thursday, December 7, to address the concerns of jeepney drivers and operators.
“I am appealing to transport groups Piston and the Stop Jeepney Phaseout Coalition to reconsider and call off their planned strike and instead sit down with us in the committee so that the Senate can hear their concerns regarding the proposed jeepney modernization program of the government,” she said.
“I understand that certain issues in the modernization program still need to be carefully studied and threshed out with the concerned government agencies,” she said.
Poe added, “We hope this can be done during the committee hearing. We also want to hear the alternative proposals from different stakeholders.”
“Their problems are not theirs alone, but that of the entire nation that depends on the kind of public transportation they offer,” she added.