Isuzu PH turns over mod­ern PUVs to GRAB in re-opened Bo­ra­cay Is­land on Oct. 26

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Just in time for the re­open­ing of a re­ha­bil­i­tated Bo­ra­cay Is­land, Isuzu Philip­pines Cor­po­ra­tion (IPC) turned over to GRAB Philip­pines --- units of the Isuzu mod­ern­ized pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cle (PUV) at the is­land's Bo­labog Ter­mi­nal on Oc­to­ber 26 -- the very day of the is­land par­adise's of­fi­cial re­open­ing to for­eign and do­mes­tic tourists.

At­tend­ing the mo­men­tous turnover and launch of the ap­proved route were of­fi­cials of the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DOTr), IPC ex­ec­u­tives, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of GRAB Philip­pines.

As per GRAB, the com­pany sup­ports the Bo­ra­cay Trans­port Mas­ter Plan, which aims to stream­line and op­ti­mize trans­porta­tion on the is­land with the in­tro­duc­tion of the hop on, hop off jeep­ney sys­tem which will trans­port pas­sen­gers along the cir­cum­fer­en­tial road. For the ini­tial phase of the op­er­a­tions, IPC turned over three units of its mod­ern­ized PUV. It also brought in its pro­to­type PUV to be dis­played dur­ing the for­mal turnover.

The Isuzu PUVs were as­sem­bled us­ing the Isuzu QKR77 cab and chas­sis plat­form and the rear body de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by Al­ma­zora Mo­tors Corp. The units are Coolaire air-con­di­tioned 23-seater Class 2 type PUVs with a side-fac­ing seat con­fig­u­ra­tion.

The new PUV body is com­pli­ant with Philippine Na­tional Stan­dards (PNS 2126:2017). The pas­sen­ger cabin floor-to-ceil­ing height and gang­way width are 1,780 mm and 830 mm, re­spec­tively, pro­vid­ing more space for pas­sen­gers to move eas­ily in­side. The pas­sen­ger door is safely sit­u­ated on the right-hand side, fac­ing the side­walk. Other de­sign fea­tures of the body in­clude panoramic win­dows and wind­shields, full-body in­su­la­tion with GeneQ shield, au­to­matic door closer, ECE-com­pli­ant head­lamps, brake sys­tem, wipers, wind­shield washer, and side view mir­rors, and pro­vi­sions for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

Com­plet­ing the mod­ern­ized look and fea­tures of the new PUVs are the LCD/LED TV mon­i­tors and CCTV sys­tem by Mikasa, a fire ex­tin­guisher, a Vec­tras GPS nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, dash­cam and back-up cam­eras. All of these have been geared for pas­sen­gers' safety, en­ter­tain- ment, and added con­ve­nience.

The new PUVs also come with sep­a­rate war­ranty cov­er­ages for the plat­form (3 years or 150,000 km, whichever comes first), body and air­con, op­tions not avail­able for old jeep­neys.

IPC Pres­i­dent Ha­jime Koso, who at­tended the turnover cer­e­mony, lauded the groups re­spon­si­ble for the trans­for­ma­tion of Bo­ra­cay Is­land. "I con­grat­u­late all con­cerned in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors for pool­ing their ef­forts to re­store Bo­ra­cay's place among the world's most beau­ti­ful is­lands. IPC is most cer­tainly proud to share its ex­per­tise and world-class ve­hi­cles with the peo­ple of the is­land. Our mod­ern­ized PUVs are very much aligned with the govern­ment's vision of a mod­ern, safe, ef­fi­cient, cost-ef­fec­tive and en­vi­ron­ment-friendly trans­port sys­tem not only for Bo­ra­cay, but for the en­tire Philip­pines."

The mod­ern­iza­tion of Bo­ra­cay's trans­port sys­tem is part of the govern­ment's on­go­ing Pub­lic Util­ity Ve­hi­cle Mod­ern­iza­tion Pro­gram (PUVMP) en­vi­sioned to re­place some 200,000 jeep­neys na­tion­wide 15 years and older with new, safe, and en­vi­ron­ment friendly PUVs.

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(L-R) Pa­trick Joseph Tu­gade of Coolaire, Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Manny Gon­za­les, Lau­rence Bahia of Grab Philip­pines, IPC Pres­i­dent Ha­jime Koso, Alex Paguio of Isuzu Pasig, and Con­rad Al­ma­zora of Al­ma­zora Mo­tors Cor­po­ra­tion along with the Isuzu’s mod­ern­ized PUVs.

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