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Employers make a compromise request on PUV modernization.

The government and transport unions on strike have both been urged to seek a mutually agreeable resolution to the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization issue by the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP).

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This call was made on Tuesday amid the current transportation strike, which, according to employer sector leaders, might be costly to member companies if it lasts a long time.

ECOP President Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr. stated in an interview that even a “limited” strike that fails to shut down transportation might potentially cause economic disruption.

According to his previous experience, “this can reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars in losses from the first day (of the strike),” he said.

Ortiz-Luis also praised President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. for his willingness to study the PUV modernization regulations in order to address the transportation industry’s concerns.

The strikers were also urged by him to “give the President the benefit of the doubt” and “work towards a reasonable agreement.”

Francis Chua, chairman emeritus of ECOP, also urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to develop innovative solutions to reduce the price of modernization that PUV operators must bear.

While updating the nation’s outdated PUVs is long overdue, Chua said some of the smaller companies may have trouble affording the cost of new cars.

He continued, “Maybe the DOTr might loosen up certain rules to make modernization more cheap.

Meanwhile, Chua said that recent developments in telecommuting technology had lessened the industry-wide effects of the present transport strike.

He added that while some administrative tasks may be completed from home, those in the service and manufacturing industries would always need to be physically present at their places of employment.

While the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic was at its worst and many staff were working from home, Ortiz-Luis stated ECOP noticed a substantial decline in overall productivity.

The speed and dependability of internet services in the nation, according to him, were major factors in the performance fall.

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