THE GOVERNMENT is set to roll out in June the first batch of electric jeepneys, Malacañang said on Thursday.
“We are pleased to announce that as part of the Department of Transportations’ (DoTr) Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), the first batch of modern electric jeepneys will be rolled out in June,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. told reporters in a briefing at the Palace.
Mr. Roque also said that according to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the new E-jeep units “will pass through some parts of Metro Manila including the routes from Quezon City Hall, along Elliptical Road, Diliman to Manila City Hall, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay to Southwest Intermodal Transport exchange in Parañaque City, Fort Bonifacio Gate 3 in Taguig City to Guadalupe Market in Makati and Bagumbayan in Taguig to Pasig City.”
The PUVMP, the LTFRB said, is a comprehensive system reform that hopes to overhaul the public land transportation industry.
“It features a regulatory reform and sets new guidelines for the issuance of franchise for road-based public transport services. It devolved the function of route planning to the local government units as they are more versed in the terrain and passenger demand within their respective territorial jurisdiction,” the agency said in a press release.
“The LGUs are required under the program to submit their own Local Public Transport Plan (LPTRP) as a prerequisite for the opening of PUV franchises within their jurisdiction. Route rationalization studies are also conducted to determine the appropriate mode, quantity and service characteristics of the public transport service in each corridor which will make the routes more responsive to passenger demand and ensure that the hierarchy of roads and modes of transportation are followed,” it added.
The DoTr said in February that transport groups have committed to come out with more than 3,000 modern jeepneys before June “in support of the Duterte administration’s PUVMP.”
The commitment among transport groups and vehicle manufacturing companies was sealed in memoranda of agreement (MoA).
During the MoA signing, according to the DoTr, “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 rollout the modern units.”
“Transports groups such as Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap) and Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers’ Association of the Philippines (Altodap) signed a MoA with Eco Dyip, Inc. for fleet management and replacement of units. MCCI Connection Transport Services Corp. also signed a MoA with 17 transport organizations for fleet consolidation and supply of new PUV units,” the DoTr said in a statement. — Arjay L. Balinbin