CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA) -- Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regional director Aminoden Guro urged operators to shift to modern public utility vehicles (PUV) as PUV modernization program of the government to start on June 2020.
In Talakayan sa PIA at SM City Cagayan de Oro, Guro said this is a huge first step to lessen traffic incidents in the region.
He added that 95 percent of PUVs in the region are included in the group to be phased out.
"PUVs that more than 15 years will be phased out starting June 2020. There is a Department Order that we need to replace the dilapidated PUJ's because of the accidents that happen on the road," Guro explained.
Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Office region 10 (LTO) will support the program.
LTO Information Officer Ferdinand Flores said the modernization will be beneficial to the commuters as well as to the environment.
"We do have a responsibility to our environment and we believe that the PUV modernization project is one way of fulfilling our environmental responsibility since there would be a smoke emission roadside inspection and it would give convenience to the commuters with the available accessibilities that the modernization has to offer," Flores said.
Educating the operators is an important step for the efficiency of the program.
Camcer "Cheng" Ordonez from the Office of Transport Cooperatives (OTC) gave emphasis on the importance of educating the people who will be involved in the process.
"In the modernization, all of the PUJ's must have passed the Cooperative Education and Transport Operation Seminar (CETOS) and they cannot be accepted by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or by the Transport Cooperative unless they undergo the seminar. We will immediately provide the endorsement," Ordonez said.
The Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program was launched by the Department of Transportation of the Philippines in 2017, with the goal of making the country's public transportation system efficient and environmentally friendly by 2020.
The program calls for the phasing-out jeepneys, buses, and other Public Utility Vehicles that are at least 15 years old and replacing them with safer, more comfortable and more environmentally-friendly alternatives over the next three years. (Jack Deniel V. Castillano PIA-10/Intern)