CAGAYAN de Oro City--The leader of a transport group based in the city admitted that 80 percent of their jeepneys could be classified as “bulok.”
Despite the admission, National Confederation of Transport Union (NCTU)-Northern Mindanao Coordinator Joel Gabatan said their drivers would rather rest plying indefinitely once the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) implements the “Oplan Tanggal Bulok” rather than pay the fine.
Gabatan said the P5,000 fine being imposed against those apprehended drivers is too steep. Besides, he added that jeepnet operators cannot afford the estimated P100,000 worth of repair for jeepneys deemed unfit for road worthiness.
“Daghan kaayo criteria ang LTFRB sama sa handbrake ug uban pa. Sila man mag-revolution sa sakyanan, tanan sila mag-supervise. Sa akong estimate, sa among unit mga ten percent ra g’yud ang makapasar ning ilang kalaki,” Gabatan pointed out.
The NCTU counts around 2,000 jeepney units in Northern Mindanao as belonging to its members.
Meanwhile, the Transport Federation of Cagayan de Oro (Trafeco) under Epifanio Tamiok stated that they have newly overhauled vehicles in preparation for “Oplan Tanggal Bulok.”
Earlier, the LTFRB said it will implement anytime this month “Oplan Tanggal Bulok.”
“We will continue the Tanggal Usok Tanggal Bulok program of the government. This is long overdue, we need to do this. We will only put the proper PUVs on the road. We are slowly paving the way toward modernization,” LTFRB 10 director Aminoden Guro said.