AGEN­CIES TO LAUNCH PUVS SANS TRAVEL LINE

Per­sano Corp. pro­poses to de­ploy 40 mod­ern coaster-type pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles in Cebu City to serve routes where busi­ness process out­sourc­ing firms op­er­ate

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Be­fore it ap­proves the travel line for the mod­ern pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles (PUVs), the Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (CCTO) will check first if the PUVs will not add to the traf­fic con­ges­tion in the routes that the buses will ply.

Fran­cisco Ouano, op­er­a­tions chief of CCTO, said it’s im­por­tant that there is co­or­di­na­tion between the op­er­a­tor, Per­sano Corp., and the Cebu City Govern­ment so they can de­ter­mine what routes in Cebu City are ideal for the coaster-type PUVs.

“Ang atong pur­pose nganong pahibaw-on ta diri kay aron maaware sad ta ba nga oi kana diha dapita di pwede paa­gian, ngari diri dapita pwede paa­gian (The pur­pose of no­ti­fy­ing the CCTO is for us to be able to say that PUVs can pass here, and these are the ar­eas where they can­not pass,” he said.

CCTO has yet to re­ceive the pro­posed routes from Per­sano Corp., which is sub­ject for ap­proval by the Cebu City Coun­cil.

The op­er­a­tor wants to field the first 22 PUVs in two mis­sion­ary routes. Eigh­teen more buses will com­plete the fleet, which is part of the PUV Mod­ern­iza­tion Pro­gram.

The first route will pass by the Cebu City Hall, Robin­sons Gal­le­ria, Cebu Busi­ness Park and Asi­a­town I.T. Park.

The sec­ond route will cover Paseo Arce­nas in Barangay Guadalupe, B. Ro­driguez St., Fuente Os­meña, Gorordo Ave., Cebu Busi­ness Park and Barangay Mabolo.

Ouano urged the op­er­a­tor to work to­gether with the City Govern­ment to en­sure the PUVs will op­er­ate smoothly and to avoid ag­gra­vat­ing the traf­fic prob­lem, es­pe­cially that the ve­hi­cles are big­ger than the reg­u­lar jeep­neys and may cause con­ges­tion in some parts of the city.

“They can’t just let the ve­hi­cles run there with­out any co­or­di­na­tion, more so that heavy traf­fic is ex­pected these days. That’s why I’m re­quest­ing them, please co­or­di­nate with the lo­cal govern­ment on this,” Ouano added.

Even with­out an ap­proved travel line, the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DOTr) and Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB) will launch to­day, Nov. 26, the new PUVs dur­ing a pro­gram at the Robin­sons Gal­le­ria Cebu.

DOTr and LTFRB of­fi­cials from Manila are ex­pected at the launch.

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