Sun.Star Baguio

Modern PUV rolls out

- Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Reporter

AN INITIAL 30 units of modernized public utility vehicles (PUV) will start plying the Aurora Hill and Trancovill­e route after a transport cooperativ­e formally received its certificat­e of franchise.

Lawyer Martin Delgra, Land Transporta­tion, Franchisin­g and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman explained Baguio City’s initial implementa­tion of the transport modernizat­ion program this time of pandemic will be an example for other local government units in the Cordillera Administra­tive Region (CAR).

“There has been a lot of people who are opposed, asking and apprehensi­ve but today, you have made manifest your strong support for the PUV modernizat­ion program. This modernizat­ion is the biggest none infrastruc­ture project of the Duterte administra­tion. This could not be done by one

agency like the LTFRB or other agencies under the Department of Transporta­tion nor with the drivers and operators to modernize because this takes a lot of money, inspiratio­n, logistics to run this program having so many stakeholde­rs,” Delgra said.

The Cordillera Basic Sectors Transport Cooperativ­e (CBSTC), operators of the 30 modern PUVs received its certificat­e of franchise from the LTFRB, making them one of the biggest transport cooperativ­es in the region to start the transport modernizat­ion in Northern Luzon.

Delgra reiterated that part of the CBTSC mandate particular­ly during this pandemic period is its strict adherence to the public health standards issued by government since the transfer of the virus may be present in the public transport sector.

“Aside from the oath of responsibi­lity that you took, strict compliance to the minimum health protocols should be observed at all times to prevent the possible spread of the coronaviru­s to ensure the reduction and ultimately the terminatio­n of this coronaviru­s here in Baguio City,” the LTFRB Chairman stated.

LTFRB lauded Baguio City officials for taking the lead in its transport modernizat­ion.

Delgra said with Mayor Benjamin Magalong’s innovative style of leadership by thinking out of the box, fundamenta­l changes have been pushed in the city which have addressed the problem on carbon emissions and the presence of old public utility jeeps.

“We have to address these and other related issues because when we talk about as massive, as comprehens­ive and as wide spread this program is all about, the benefit is very fundamenta­l. One important role of the LGU like what Baguio City is doing is the planning of its route. It is the LGU of Baguio who knows the number of passengers based on its population, what time and what place public transport is needed in relation to its Comprehens­ive Land Use Plan or CLUP to which Baguio City has started to create its Local Public Transport Route Plan,” Delgra added.

Magalong meanwhile said with Baguio City taking the lead towards transport modernizat­ion, it is expected that other LGU’s in the region will soon follow its lead.

Last year, Baguio City was the first city to submit its expression of interest for the low carbon urban transport system with one of the major components requiring transport modernizat­ion aside from the local public transport rerouting plan that includes infrastruc­ture of an integrated transport terminal to lower the city’s carbon emission.

“This modernizat­ion, if only all our old jeeps will be replaced by these new vehicles then we can significan­tly lower our carbon emission and at the same time provide a safe, convenient, comfortabl­e, environmen­tal friendly vehicles for our commuters,” Magalong said.

Transport federation groups in Baguio City and neighborin­g municipali­ties expressed their intention of becoming a cooperativ­e and started to submit their applicatio­ns to which its members will be provided for with incentive benefits for its member operators and drivers.

“These modernized vehicles will continuous­ly ply the specific routes, and once our smart city system would be fully establishe­d, all of these modernized vehicles will be monitored which is part of our smart transport mobility,” Magalong adds.

 ?? Photo by Dave Leprozo Jr. ?? OLD AND NEW. Around 30 Euro 4 compliant brand new units will soon ply the Aurora Hill and Trancovill­e routes in Baguio City after the Cordillera Basic Sectors Transport Cooperativ­e (CBSTC) formally received its certificat­e of franchise from the LTFRB.
Photo by Dave Leprozo Jr. OLD AND NEW. Around 30 Euro 4 compliant brand new units will soon ply the Aurora Hill and Trancovill­e routes in Baguio City after the Cordillera Basic Sectors Transport Cooperativ­e (CBSTC) formally received its certificat­e of franchise from the LTFRB.

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