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