The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) recently launched the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program caravan to mark the simultaneous nationwide roll off of the new routes for the modern PUVs.
The caravan will cover some 32 major cities in the next seven months in partnership with the Land Transportation Office, Office of Transportation Cooperatives, LandBank, and the Development Bank of the Philippines.
Supermalls Transport Services, Inc (STSI) is one of the private partners in the program which kicked off at SM City Clark and SM City Pampanga. The firm is engaged in terminal operations and construction, development, management, maintenance and operations of PUV terminals, as well as home advertising, rolling stocks, product campaigns and activations.
STSI is a joint venture of SM Prime Holdings and LKY Group of Companies which developed the PUV central terminals where most of the caravan events will be held.
“The PUVMP is probably the biggest non-infrastructure program of the Duterte administration. We are happy that in this endeavor, we have the full support of the stakeholders involved like the Truck Manufacturers Association, Chamber of Automotive Body Manufacturers Association of the Philippines, Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, Philippine Parts Maker Association and the gadget suppliers,” says DOTr Undersecretary Mark de Leon.
LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said that the Caravan will introduce to potential PUVMP regional participants the modern PUVs which are powered by either Euro 4 compliant diesel engines or electric motors fully-compliant to the PNS standards for body dimensions of the Bureau of Philippine Standards.
The caravan’s Phase 1 will cover 10 cities in north Luzon such as Clark, Pampanga, Urdaneta, San Fernando, La Union, Laoag, Santiago, Isabela, Baguio, Cagayan, Tuguegarao, Cabanatuan and Marilao. Phase 3 will island hop six cities in the Visayas, while and Phase 4 will go through seven cities in Mindanao.