15 modern PUVs to ply Nichols-ParaAaque route

MANILA Transport group Pasang Masda, together with its partners from the government and the private sector, announced on Thursday the rollout of 15 modern public utility vehicles (PUV) to ply the Nichols-ParaAaque route starting November 11.

Itong pong ruta na ito ay consolidation ng biyahe naming Villamor-Baclaran-MOA (This route is a consolidation of our Villamor-Baclaran-MOA), Pasang Masda president Robert 'Ka Obet' Martin said in a press briefing.

In a news release, the Department of Transportation said the route of the new modern PUVs will begin at Nichols and will go through Magallanes, Mall of Asia (MOA), ParaAaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), and back.

The new units, the DOTr said, fulfill the PUV modernization program's (PUVMP) Class 2 requirements which include air-conditioning, CCTV, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a side entrance apart from its compliance with the Euro IV standard.

Hajime Koso, Isuzu Philippines president, said the new modern PUV units were the second batch of Isuzu PUVs to ply the streets of Metro Manila since the first batch of 15 modern PUVs plying the Manila-Quezon City route.

I am proud to say that Isuzu not only achieved another milestone but also continued its legacy by having these Isuzu PUVs to run the public's roads under the government's PUV modernization program, Koso said.

ParaAaque City Administrator Fernando Soriano said the city welcomes the entry of more modernized PUVs in their streets.

Ako po'y natutuwa na pati yung kahabaan ng Sucat po natin, modernized na po tayong lahat (I'm glad that for the stretch of Sucat, we're all modernized), Soriano said.

During the program, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade lauded Pasang Masda and its partners' contributions to the progress of the PUVMP.

Tugade further spoke of DOTR's partnership with a private PUV manufacturer to create an affordable Class 1 PUVMP-compliant modern jeepney.

Before the end of this year, Class 1 will come out, passenger capacity is 12 and 13, the price is not more than a million, Tugade said.

He added that such vehicles, aside from its affordability, will be able to ply the country's smaller streets due to its compact stature.

Mali ho yung sinasabi ng mga ibang nag-iingay na mahal ang sasakyan. Oo nga ang Class 2 is PHP1.2 million upwards. Meron naman Class 1 na PHP1 million cap, all-in. Maliit at pwedeng pumunta sa mga corner-corner na daanan (The claim of noisy critics that these vehicles are expensive. Yes, Class is PHP1.2 million upwards. But there's Class 1 with a PHP1 million cap, all-in. It's smaller and can fit in tight corners.), Tugade said.

Through the government's PUVMP which began in June 2017 and will end in June 2020, public transport cooperatives may purchase a PUVMP-compliant vehicle through a financing arrangement the DOTr calls 5, 6, 7, PHP80,000.

The arrangement requires 5-percent equity from the purchaser at 6 percent interest and 7-year term while the government provides a subsidy of PHP80,000 to the buyer.

Believe that the government will be one with you in giving you the support and the cooperation so that we can launch the modernization program to its ultimate culmination, Tugade said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency