By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday asked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to order public utility vehicles (PUVs) to return to their routes when classes start in August.
In a statement, Poe said that there is every reason to listen to the plea to allow more public utility vehicles (PUVs) to return to their routes ahead of the opening of face-to-face classes in August.
“It’s a viable solution to avert a commuter pandemonium when the majority of the 28 million students, mixed with millions more workers, go out on the streets for a ride to their destinations and back home,” Poe said.
She added that while there are buses deployed, they run only in main thoroughfares and do not service the secondary roads where residences are usually situated.
“We have had enough of scenes of dehumanizing conditions of commuters when they have to bear long lines, elbow their way to get inside a vehicle, stand up for hours in a bus or even hitch a ride,” Poe lamented.
“We must spare our workers and students from this ordeal,” she added.
With this, Poe called on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to hasten its decision on letting more PUVs ply their traditional routes.
“Doing so would not only help augment transportation needed by our people but also provide a source of income to our drivers,” she said. (ai/mtvn)