By Dean Lozarie
At least, we’ve still got Toki.
Starting this semester, Katipunan jeepneys will no longer stop by the College of Mass Communication as the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs (OVCCA) devised a new route for the red-roofed jeepneys.
According to a memorandum released Monday by the OVCCA, the Katipunan jeepneys are now required to turn right at Osmeña Avenue and not at Magsaysay Avenue, which leads to the Ylanan Avenue where Plaridel Hall is located..
The OVCCA said the rerouting was done in hopes of “improving relations among transport groups and sectors within the UP campus.”
Orly Van Andre Putong, head of the Community Rights and Welfare Committee of the University Student Council, said complaints from Ikot and Toki drivers prompted the rerouting.
Ikot and Toki drivers, who claim to be at a disadvantage because their routes are restricted to the campus, complained that they had to compete with the Katipunan jeepneys for passengers at the waiting shed on Ylanan Road.
Katipunan drivers, though initially hesitant about the rerouting, had suggested the new route as a compromise in a meeting between the transport groups and the UP Diliman Transportation Committee on May 30, said Putong.
He added that the Katipunan jeepney drivers also asked permission to accept passengers at the Quezon Hall waiting shed until 10 p.m.
According to Putong, the drivers said they need the time extension because there are still many passengers who want to take the Katipunan route even late at night.
(Infographic by Lia Ejercito)