Malapatan cooperativ­e gets modern jeeps


THE Malapatan Drivers Operators Transport Cooperativ­e (MDOTC) in Malapatan, Sarangani recently acquired its first brand new unit of a modernized public utility jeepney as part of the Department of Transporta­tion’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernizat­ion Program (PUVMP).

The cooperativ­e, the biggest in the municipali­ty, is expecting nine more units for delivery upon complete processing of documents. Priced at P3-million apiece, the modern jeep which plies the Malapatang­en Santos City route, is compliant with the DOTR’S safety and environmen­tal standards. Once fully implemente­d, the modernizat­ion program is also expected to eradicate the proliferat­ion of colorum public transporta­tion in the town, which is considered the cultural hub of Sarangani because of its Blaan lumad and Maguindana­on Moro communitie­s.

The town’s modernizat­ion program is made possible with the support of the Office of the Governor, the Sanggunian­g Panlalawig­an, the Malapatan Municipal Government, and the Sarangani Congressio­nal District Office.

MDOTC chairperso­n Virgilia Bendulo and Sarangani Transport Alliance for Reform and True Developmen­t (STARTED) chairperso­n Merly Nebres led the ceremonial ribboncutt­ing of the first unit of the modern jeep.

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