DOTr launches PUV modernization program manifesto

The Department of Transportation plans to phase out aging PUVs, revising the franchising system, update national routes, and provide training for drivers.1 min

DOTr PUV Modernization Program

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) have formally provided an overview of the modules of the Philippine government’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program on Monday, June 19.

During the orientation of the PUV Modernization Program at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Monday, June 19, the DOTr declared it plans to achieve the safe and comfortable transport, predictable travel time, disciplined and competent drivers, as well as fair regulations.

The big question is how will the DOTr plan to do the aforementioned goals? One of the integral part of the program is the phaseout of all old PUVs, not just jeepneys.

The Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade stated that most jeepneys are of third-rate quality in terms of safety and environmental sustainability.

The traditional jeepney vehicles, instead of being powered by Euro 2 engines, should either be powered by Euro 4 engines or electrically powered mechanisms with solar panels on the roofs of electric PUVs.

Other suggested provisions include closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera sensors, a GPS navigation system, an Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), speed limiters, dashboard cameras, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

These provisions, however, hasn’t been finalized yet as the transportation agency has yet to release tailored requirements for shuttle buses, UV vans, and jeepneys.

The phaseout will go hand in hand with the new Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG).

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III clarified that there are currently “hundreds of franchisers” who operate assorted numbers of PUVs. This, according to LTFRB chief, has been very ineffective scheme.

What the franchisers want to happen is for them to join together to form “cooperatives and corporations” for much easier regulation, said Delgra.

Moreover, the OFG is also updating the transport routes nationwide and it will be carried out in cooperation with local government units (LGUs), backed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

With that being said, the LGUs will be obliged to nominate their own set of transport routes. The LTFRB will go through these manifestos, one by one, for suggestions and revisions before the green light.

The approved route plans will then be reinforced to form the Local Public Transport Route Plan managed also by the LTFRB.

Apart from the DOTr, LTFRB and LGUs, the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) are also in the mix in the PUV Modernization Program. The DOF and DBM will be handling the financing.

In National Capital Region (NCR), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be helping in enforcing the regulations under the course. —

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Ronald Delos Santos
Ronald has been a technology journalist since 2012 and was previously reporting for The Centrio Times. He also covered tech industry news in his first job as a reporter with a local magazine, based in Makati.