Transport advocate, FEJODAP president Zeny Maranan dies at 75

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12)— Transport advocate and Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP) president Zenaida “Zeny” Maranan has died, a family member confirmed on Sunday. She was 75.

Maranan “passed peacefully in her sleep,” her family told CNN Philippines. She had been confined in a local hospital due to a lingering illness.

Maranan’s remains will be available for public viewing on Monday and Tuesday at the Haven of Angels Memorial Chapels and Crematorium in Antipolo, the family added.

The FEJODAP national president also served as a representative for the 1-Utak party-list during the 15th Congress.

Tributes from the transport sector poured in following Maranan's demise.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board chairman Martin Delgra said the agency was saddened by the passing of Maranan whom he described as one of the pillars of the public transport sector for decades.

“Sa maraming panahon, nakilala at nakasama namin si Ka Zeny sa iba’t-ibang diyalogo at mga konsultation na walang ibang layunin kundi ang mapabuti ang sektor ng transportasyon lalo na para sa mga draybers ng PUVs at maliliit na operator ng jeepneys,” Delgra said in a statement.

[Translation: For many years, we have known and worked with Ka Zeny in many dialogues and consultations that only aimed to improve the transport sector, particularly for PUV drivers and operators.]

In a statement, Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade paid tribute to Maranan, calling her a "fierce and resolute leader" and "a force to be reckoned with."

"Her untimely passing is a tragic and significant loss to the transport community, and I personally share in this pain and grief with her co-leaders and the thousand jeepney operators and drivers under her helm, as well as her colleagues in the industry," he said.

Tugade said he and the DOTr thank Maranan for her service to her countrymen.