MANILA, April 3, 2018 – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to implement the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) to provide a safe, reliable and environment-friendly public transportation system in the country.
During the opening of the Public Transport Modernization Expo: Modernong Sasakyan, Progresibong Bayan held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum in Pasay City, the DOTr showcased modern PUVs and informed various stakeholders such as drivers and operators on the benefits of the PUVMP.
Among the government officials who attended the event included Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III, Land Transportation Office (LTO) Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim.
In his keynote address, DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Tim Orbos stressed the urgency of implementing the PUVMP to ensure the welfare and safety of the riding public.
“Pushing for the PUV Modernization Program is not easy, but we cannot give up on it, because we cannot give up on the dream of Filipinos to have a safe, reliable, and a comfortable public transportation system,” Orbos said.
He also explained that the program is aimed at overhauling the public transportation system in the country.
“We’re talking about a large-scale transformation of the public transport sector. We’re not talking about repairs and band-aid solutions; we are overhauling the fleets, the system, and the industry. This is easily the biggest non-infrastructure project of the government, giving its sweeping and inclusive impact,” Orbos said.
Meanwhile, Delgra said the PUVMP will create a brand-new transport system that will turn away from the individualistic approach of separate franchises.
“When we talk about overhauling a system, we would actually veer away from a system that’s very individualistic, and create an integrated and comprehensive system that is dependable and predictable,” he said.
Its components such as fleet consolidation, deployment of modern jeepneys and other PUVs, among others, will help address the problem of unregistered or ‘colorum’ vehicles, Delgra added.
Various modern PUV prototypes were displayed at the expo, from five low-floor Public Utility Buses, 20 PUVs (Classes 2 and 3), and three e-tricycles. Manufacturers and body builders of the PUV prototypes were present to answer the inquiries such as the design, technical specifications, performance, and efficiency of the vehicles among others.
Aside from exhibitors, representatives from the DOTr, LTFRB, LTO, Office of Transport Cooperatives, and government financial institutions such as the Landbank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines also attended the event to offer their services and to assist and answer queries regarding the PUVMP.
The PUVMP is a transformational large-scale initiative and flagship project of the Duterte administration which is aimed at attaining a restructured, well-managed, and environmentally sustainable transport sector. (PNA)