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Philippines BRT plan to protect informal bus workers

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in All news, Asia, Bus, Employment, Informal Economy, PPP, Social inclusion |

[/media-credit] Privately-operated Jeepney buses formed a major part of public transport in Manila until plans for the new BRT system were launched

Jeepney drivers in the Philippines city of Cebu won’t lose out following the development of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system there, transport planners have assured them.

Jeepneys are the informal buses that serve passengers in cities in the Philippines, and Cebu’s BRT will displace them along its 16 kilometre route.

Cebu City Council approved the BRT plan last month following a pre-feasibility study carried out by British consultants, Integrated Transport Planning (ITP). The first services are scheduled to start in 2015.

The study, funded by the World Bank, was led by Colin Brader, ITP’s managing director. He was quoted in the Philippines Inquirer as stating that new jeepney routes to complement the BRT services could “ensure work for all those displaced”, and even produce a net employment increase.

Brader says that the project’s social impact plan and application of community involvement practices ITP has developed elsewhere — such as in Lagos, Nigeria — would ensure the workers are consulted and their concerns addressed.

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