Several transport groups pledged to come out with more than 3,000 modern jeepneys within the next three months in support of government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).
Last February 16, 2018, transport groups and vehicle manufacturers signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Quezon City, witnessed by officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport Thomas Orbos said the commuting experience would gradually improve within the next three to six months due to the commitment of the transport groups and cooperatives to replace their old and dilapidated jeepneys with modern ones.
The DOTr official assured transport groups they will get assurance to ease the requirements for financing the replacement of their existing units.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is preparing the local public transport route plans so it can issue franchises to transport operators. The LTO assured operators they would be able to distribute new license plates within the year.
During the MOA signing, a private transport supplier committed to deliver 20,000 new PUVs per year while another supplier pledged to help operators in the processing of the financing requirements and roll-out the modern units.
Officials of the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap) and Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers’ Association of the Philippines (Altodap) signed the MOA with Eco Dyip, Inc. for fleet management and replacement of units.
Meanwhile, MCCI Connection Transport Services Corp. also signed a MOA with 17 transport organizations for fleet consolidation and supply of new PUV units.
Other transport organizations and cooperatives at the event were Green Earth Transport Services Coop., NJFest, Sta. Ana Service Coop., MJOTS Coop., Compadres Tourist and Transport Services, Manila West Transport Coop., Neco GSIS Coop., CRMT Coop., FACTT Inc., Atodab, JamLiner, Philtranco, Pasang Masda, ITCD Corp., LTOP Inc., David Motor, Luzviminda NTF and OTC.