CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — The first 16 new jeepneys under the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization program will start their trip via Sampol in City of San Jose Del Monte to Santa Maria and Meycauayan route.
During the Modern PUV Caravan held by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in SM City Marilao on Friday (Aug 16), Jesus Sison, LTFRB’s head of enforcement, said this is the first route in Bulacan who undergoing PUV Modernization.
Based on the PUV Modernization system laid down by the LTFRB, public utility vehicles older than 15 years will no longer be allowed to travel on the streets as public transport. These units must be replaced with brand new or new configurations based on the Philippine National Standard (PNS), such as the Euro 4 crude engine.
Regional Director of the LTFRB in Central Luzon Ahmed Cuizon, explained that with the replacement of jeepney units, a particular route would need to be developed to cooperate in order to be replaced with new units.
“In this way, the members of the cooperative will be jointly owned by the new jeepney units they have,” Cuizon said.
So on this first route to Bulacan under PUV Modernization program, jeepney drivers on this route developed their cooperative called Sampol Bulac-Santa Maria-Meycauayan Transport Service Cooperative. A key requirement of the LTFRB is to ‘cooperativized’ jeepney drivers on a route, to pass the assistance of the Land Bank of the Philippines to lend funding for modernization.
The Land Bank of the Philippines has allocated P1.5 billion for LTFRB’s PUV Modernization, which will lend money to buy new jeepney units. It has no interest and will pay up to seven years. In addition, the government has another P80,000 per capita driver to ease amortization payments.
According to Roberto Villacruz, a driver and treasurer of the Sampol-Santa Maria-Meycauayan Transport Service Cooperative said a total of 32 new jeepney units have been funded by the Land Bank of the Philippines for their PUV Modernization. The first 16 are now launched and there are 16 coming soon.
There is a minimum fare of P11.00 as the replacement units are fully airconditioned. The back door is closed so the door is on the right side of the said vehicles. People often stand without stooping or bowing their heads as 22 people can sit down.
The LTFRB aims to follow before June 2020, major jeepney routes in Bulacan such as Baliwag-Meycauayan, Malolos-Meycauayan, Malolos-Malinta, Malolos-BBB and the neighboring jeeps in the city of Malolos. (RONDA Balita Online News)