MANILA, Philippines — After the launch of modern jeepneys in some provinces, 20 modern jeepney units are set to ply various routes around Metro Manila in June as part of the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program being pushed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
“Gusto kong mangyari, makita na hindi lang yung bagong sasakyan, modernong sasakyan, kundi tatakbo yung buong sistema under the modernization program,” said Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Atty. Martin Delgra.
(Other than the modernized units, we want to show how the system will run under the modernization program.)
The transportation department also plans to launch the following routes for the new jeepneys: CCP to Mall of Asia; Fort Bonifacio Taguig to Guadalupe, Makati; Pasayto Pateros, and Cogeo to Cubao, Quezon City.
Delgra added that the Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines are currently processing the financing program that is being offered to those operators who want to avail the modern jeepney units.
Delgra also said the local government units are now focusing on the creation of their route rationalization plan, which will become the basis of the numbers and areas where they will provide modern PUJs.
Despite various consultations, Delgra admitted that some transport operators are still worried about the implications of modernization on their livelihood.
Delgra also said that some transport leaders continue to insist that they be allowed to rehabilitate their jeepneys instead of buying new units.
But he argued that the rehabilitation of their units will only be allowed within the three-year transition period.
After that, jeepney operators will still be required to comply with the specifications required under the PUV modernization program.
The DOTr targets to finish the whole PUV modernization program on jeepneys by the year 2020. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
Fuel vouchers to be distributed in Marikina today
FILE PHOTO: Fuel Subsidy Card
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be visiting Marikina City Hall Quadrangle today, September 24, to continue the fuel voucher distribution caravan for all public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers.
The distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Operators or drivers need to bring relevant documents to prove ownership of the franchise in order to claim the Libreng Pantawid Pasada cards.
The caravan aims to simplify the process of allocating the fuel vouchers of the Pantawid Pasada Program to almost 200,000 registered PUJ operators across the country.
DOTr belies report of approved P12 minimum jeepney fare
The Department of Transportation has belied reports circulating on social media that the minimum jeepney fare is now P12.
A post by the Facebook page Philippinews Trend said that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has approved the P12 jeepney fare and will implement it starting November.
The DOTr refuted the claim and confirmed that the prevailing provisional fare for jeepneys is P9.00.
In a new post, Philippinews Trend apologized for the wrong information and explained that their FB account was allegedly hacked. They have since deleted the misleading article.
The DOTr reminds the public to be discerning about what you read online and to check official social media accounts instead for reliable information.
Rush hour ban on buses to start Aug 15, total ban soon
MANILA, Philippines — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo said a total ban of provincial buses on EDSA is unlikely for now based on the current state of the Valenzuela Interim Terminal.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian joined MMDA and Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) officials at the inspection of Valenzuela Interim Terminal to assess if it can operate as a station for provincial buses starting August 15.
Aside from the ongoing construction works inside the terminal, MMDA noted several issues that need to be addressed.
Among these are the establishment of designated areas for provincial and city buses; management of queues for jeepneys, buses and UV Express vans that share the terminal; and completion of waiting sheds for passengers.
The MMDA has directed the Valenzuela City government to fast track the completion of the interim terminal within a month.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said, “Give us a little bit more time. Di naman matagal na matagal, para maiayos lang yung terminal condition at tsaka yung mga sasalo na vehicles.”
Nevertheless, the MMDA will still implement on August 15 the ban of provincial buses on EDSA during rush hours.
This means that starting August 15, MMDA personnel will begin apprehending provincial buses on EDSA from 7am to 10am and 6pm to 9pm. Violators of the ordinance will be fined P2,000.
MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said, “Yung dry run natin na kapag ang bus galing ng north, hanggang Cubao lang sila. Kapag galing south, hanggang Pasay. Pinahinga lang natin yung Cubao to Magallanes kasi ginagawa yung Shaw Boulevard.”
The Provincial Bus Operators Association has previously voiced opposition to the policy but they admit that they can do nothing if the MMDA will implement it. — Joan Nano