TO­MAS OKS MODERN PUV

Some mem­bers of the pub­lic trans­port sec­tor crit­i­cize the LTFRB for is­su­ing a pro­vi­sional au­thor­ity to modern PUVs CCTO of­fi­cial says they are pre­par­ing for con­tin­gen­cies in case pub­lic trans­port groups ob­ject to the new travel line for modern PUVs Modern

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The 40 modern pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles (PUVs) pro­posed for use in Cebu City will soon ferry pas­sen­gers.

Fran­cisco Ouano, Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (CCTO) oper­a­tions head, said Mayor To­mas Osmeña or­dered him to fast-track the ful­fill­ment of the re­quire­ments so modern PUVs could start op­er­at­ing.

Per­sano Corp., the op­er­a­tor of the modern PUVs, wel­comed the de­vel­op­ment.

“We are very thank­ful that we can start im­ple­ment­ing the PUV Mod­ern­iza­tion Pro­gram. I’m sure com­muters are look­ing for­ward to a new travel ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Per­sano Corp. chair­man Vigor Men­doza in Ta­ga­log.

But some mem­bers of the pub­lic trans­port sec­tor crit­i­cized the Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB) for ap­prov­ing the pro­vi­sional au­thor­ity of Per­sano Corp. without un­der­tak­ing a pub­lic hear­ing.

Await­ing coun­cil nod

Ouano said Osmeña im­me­di­ately ap­proved the travel line for the new PUVs as he sees them as a so­lu­tion to the need for more pub­lic trans­port in the city.

Ouano said they will sub­mit their rec­om­men­da­tion to City Coun­cilors Dave Tu­mu­lak and Eu­ge­nio Gabuya Jr. so they can draft the res­o­lu­tion needed for the City Coun­cil’s ap­proval.

Tu­mu­lak said the pro­posed res­o­lu­tion to grant a 45-day pro­vi­sional au­thor­ity to the modern PUVs won’t be tack­led next week as some of them will be at­tend­ing an ac­tiv­ity or­ga­nized by the Philip­pine Coun­cilors League.

But once the City ap­proves the pro­vi­sional au­thor­ity, the CCTO will con­duct a month-long study to de­ter­mine if a travel line should be is­sued that will al­low the modern PUVs to cater to pas­sen­gers full time, Ouano said.

He said they are also pre­par­ing for con­tin­gen­cies in case pub­lic trans­port groups ob­ject to the new travel line.

Men­doza said they are in the process of pro­vid­ing a base­line for the salaries and in­cen­tives of their driv­ers, who will come from the Cebu In­te­grated Trans­port Ser­vice Cooperative.

“No con­sul­ta­tion”

Men­doza said they are try­ing to en­sure their driv­ers will re­ceive a fixed in­come, as man­dated by the PUV Mod­ern­iza­tion Pro­gram.

“Def­i­nitely, kung ibabase natin sa natatang­gap sa mga dray­ber sa (if we’re go­ing to base their salary on the salary of driv­ers in) Manila, it’s more than the min­i­mum,” he said.

Mean­while, Romeo Ar­ma­mento, Na­tional Con­fed­er­a­tion of Trans­port Union (NCTU) Visayas na­tional vice pres­i­dent, said he was wor­ried that the oper­a­tion of the modern PUVs would af­fect their driv­ers and op­er­a­tors.

He said the LTFRB didn’t even con­sult PUV driv­ers and op­er­a­tors when it de­cided to is­sue the 90-day pro­vi­sional au­thor­ity to Per­sano Corp.

“They should have stud­ied the routes to de­ter­mine who would be af­fected be­fore they ap­proved the pro­vi­sional au­thor­ity. Then again, the na­tional gov­ern­ment al­ways gives in when deal­ing with big-time op­er­a­tors,” he said in Ce­buano.

Af­fected jeep­neys

He said jeep­neys with fran­chise num­bers 07D and 06C, which travel from down­town Cebu City to Sitio Banawa in Barangay Guadalupe; 17C and 04C, which travel from down­town Cebu City to Ramos St., D. Jakos­alem St. to Gorordo Ave.; and 03A, which trav­els from down­town Cebu City to Panag­dait, among oth­ers, will be af­fected by the modern PUVs’ oper­a­tion.

Based on Per­sano Corp.’s pro­posal to Cebu City, the 40 modern PUVs will ply two routes.

Twenty modern PUVs will travel along Paseo Arce­nas in Sitio Banawa to Happy Val­ley, B. Ro­driguez, Fuente Osmeña, Ramos, D. Jakos­alem, Gorordo Ave., Ayala Cen­ter Cebu, Panag­dait, and Sykes Philip­pines at F. Cabahug St. and vice versa.

The other 20 modern PUVs will travel along Cebu City Hall to Robin­sons Galleria, Cebu Busi­ness Park, Cebu I.T. Park and vice versa.

The modern PUVs, which are re­quired to ply their routes every 30 min­utes, will op­er­ate for 20 hours, with two driv­ers tak­ing 10hour shifts.

Ter­mi­nals for the modern PUVs will op­er­ate 24 hours.

The Per­sano Corp. is in talks with own­ers of malls and com­mer­cial dis­tricts for the es­tab­lish­ment of load­ing and un­load­ing points for the modern PUVs.

On Sun­day, Dec. 9, 18 modern PUV units will ar­rive from Manila to com­plete the 40 units with pro­vi­sional au­thor­ity.

The modern PUVs were man­u­fac­tured in China and Rus­sia.

The Rus­sian model can ac­com­mo­date at least 30 pas­sen­gers, while the Chi­nese model can ac­com­mo­date 34. /

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