By JIGGER J. JERUSALEM
ISSUES and concerns crucial in the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program would be discussed among stakeholders during the PUVMP Caravan that will be held all over Mindanao this month.
Drivers and operators would be given the opportunity to raise their concerns on the newly introduced modernization of the country’s public transport system, an official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said Friday.
“The Caravan is the best venue where we can discuss and clarify some PUVMP-related issues with our drivers and operators before it goes full blast next year,” said Aminoden Guro, LTFRB director for northern Mindanao.
The Department of Transportation is set to fully implement the PUVMP by June 2020.
“We want to hear their apprehensions and concerns so we could shed light on them. It’s very important that we listen to them and explain the advantages of the PUVMP,” Guro said.
Issues such as the mechanism on the creation of cooperatives or corporations as primary requirement in the issuance of franchises and the adoption of new technologies in consonance with the PUVMP are just among the points of discussion during the PUVMP Caravan, he said.
The Mindanao leg of the PUVMP Caravan kicked off in General Santos last Monday, then on Tagum City on Friday, before proceeding to Cotabato City after that.
Before making its way to Pagadian City on Sept. 17, the caravan would be held in the northern Mindanao cities of Cagayan de Oro on Sept. 20, and Valencia, on Sept. 24.
In northern Mindanao, the caravan will make its way to Pagadian City on Sept. 17, 2019, then in Cagayan de Oro on Sept. 20, and Valencia City on Sept. 24.
The caravan will make a stop in the cities of Butuan, Tandag and Surigao in the Caraga region within the month.
During the caravan, various transport groups and cooperatives in the region are invited to the event, even as PUVMP partner line agencies will also be participating by putting up their respective one-stop shops during the day-long caravan.
Among the government agencies present in the event are the Office of Transportation Cooperatives, Cooperative Development Authority, Technical Education Skills Development Authority, Land Transportation Office, and financial institutions Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines.
Guro said suppliers of modernized vehicles compliant with the LTFRB’s Omnibus Franchising Guidelines will form part of the caravan and will display their units in the cities where it will pass through to showcase their product line and to provide information on the kind of vehicles that are available for financing.
Expected to grace the caravan is Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III, and other local and national transport officials.
The PUVMP is a flagship non-infrastructure project of the Duterte administration that aims to provide safe, reliable, convenient, affordable, and environmentally sustainable public transport system in the country by June 2020.