“The challenge to commute is accepted” – Panelo , Renato Reyes set rules for the challenge

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo on Wednesday night accepted the challenge of the youth group Anakbayan to commute to work so he could experience the daily life of commuters.

He said that he will take public transportation on Friday to get to Malacañang.

“The challenge to commute is accepted. This coming Friday, I’ll take the jeepney and the LRT in going to work,” Panelo told reporters in a text message.

In a facebook post, Bayan’s Renato Reyes Jr. announced his acceptance to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s commute challenge on friday.

However, Reyes set a rules that there should be no perks that comes with government officials like hawi boys, bodyguard and most importantly no special treatment.

“No hawi boys. No bodyguards. No special treatment. No waiting cars. During rush hour, like the rest of the suffering commuters. This is our response to Sal Panelo, taking on the commute challenge.” Reyes said in a facebook post.

According to Reyes, he will take this opportunity to talk to Panelo the various problems that hounding the mass transport system. And he also said that he will take this opportunity to relay what he believed are the long-terms solutions to the worsening of traffic in the country.

“Now that we have Malacanang’s undivided attention, I would like to use the commute time with Panelo to take up with him the problems of the mass transport system. The waiting time at the LRT may be long so perhaps we can use that productively by discussing long-term solutions to the worsening crisis of mass transport. I’m very much interested in exchanging views with the Palace official during our time together on the jeep and the train. Perhaps he can also use the time to listen to other commuters.” he added.

You may read his full post below:

Challenge accepted. Now let’s make it worthwhile.

No hawi boys. No bodyguards. No special treatment. No waiting cars. During rush hour, like the rest of the suffering commuters. This is our response to Sal Panelo, taking on the commute challenge.

Now that we have Malacanang’s undivided attention, I would like to use the commute time with Panelo to take up with him the problems of the mass transport system. The waiting time at the LRT may be long so perhaps we can use that productively by discussing long-term solutions to the worsening crisis of mass transport. I’m very much interested in exchanging views with the Palace official during our time together on the jeep and the train. Perhaps he can also use the time to listen to other commuters.

The point of the commute challenge was not to simply prove that it can be done (commuting). It’s not about making a public spectacle. The point was to get top officials to truly understand what commuters go through and to come up with long-term solutions and short-term relief measures.

Commuters want the problem fixed but there is no magic bullet or quick fix . What we have is the result of the accumulated problems of the past three decades. It will require more than remedial measures. The solution must start with a general policy on mass transport that is not subject to changing political climates and business interests during 6-year cycles.

Pag-usapan natin sa byahe. See you Friday, Sal. ###

Source: Renato Reyes

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