Some regional offices of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) continue to push through with the launching of modernized public utility vehicles (PUVs) to show support to the government’s modernization program amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement on Thursday, Nov. 3, the LTFRB said transport cooperatives in its regional offices in Cagayan Valley, Central Visayas, and the National Capital Region have embraced the program last week and has vowed to continue its implementation despite the health crisis.
“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, LTFRB stays true to the agency’s objective of PUV modernization to provide safe, secure, and comfortable public transportation, while also adhering to strict public health protocols,”the LTFRB said.
In Region 2, LTFRB Regional Director Edward Cabase led the launch of five modern public utility jeepneys (PUJs) under the Vizcaya Cordon Solano Transport Cooperative (VISCON).
Cabase said the regional office has awarded VISCOM a provisional authority for Class 3 modern jeepneys to ply the Solano-Aritao route in Nueva Vizcaya to ferry more passengers in the province.
Meanwhile, at least 20 modern jeepneys were launched in Region 7 during a ceremony led by Regional Director Eduardo Montealto and the Cordova Lapu-Lapu Metro Cebu (CLMC) Transport Cooperative, which were also awarded a provisional authority to traverse the route of Cordova-Lapu-Lapu City-Mandaue City to Liloan, Cebu.
While in Metro Manila, 19 modernized UV Express units were launched at the LTFRB Central Office to ply the SM Fairview-Buendia Avenue route through a provisional authority given to 997 Sandigan Transport Cooperative (TSC).
The new units that were launched, the LTFRB said, are equipped with Euro-4 engines and accessories such as CCTV, dashcams, speed limiters, automatic fare collection system, and WiFi.
The PUVMP is the flagship transport project of the administration through the DOTr in a bid to make public transportation in the country safer and more comfortable, and to lessen the environmental pollution brought by worn-out and smoke-belching PUVs.
The Department of Transportation and the LTFRB earlier said that it will continue to implement the PUVMP even during the pandemic and despite protests being mounted by various transports groups who have been opposing the program.