Osmeña wants modern PUVs to ply Cebu routes ASAP

The Freeman - - NEWS - GAN — Odessa O. Leyson/

The Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (CCTO) has ap­proved the pro­posed routes of Per­sano Corp. for the de­ploy­ment of 40 modern pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles (PUVs) in the city.

Yes­ter­day, CCTO Oper­a­tions Chief Fran­cisco Ouano told The FREE­MAN that they see no prob­lem with the routes the pri­vate firm had iden­ti­fied.

Last Mon­day, the firm has sub­mit­ted the routes to the CCTO af­ter be­ing asked for re­view and eval­u­a­tion.

There are two routes for the 40 PUVs.

The first route is from the Cebu City Hall to Asia Town I.T. Park, pass­ing through Robin­sons Galleria Cebu, Cebu Busi­ness Park and vice versa.

The se­cond route is from R. Duterte Street to Sykes, which will pass via Happy Val­ley, Fuente Osmeña, Ramos Street, D. Jakos­alem Street, Cebu Busi­ness Park and vice versa.

The pro­jected fare is P8 and an ad­di­tional of P1 for every suc­ceed­ing kilo­me­ter.

Ouano said the pro­posed routes will be pre­sented to the City Coun­cil for fur­ther ap­proval.

Once Per­sano Corp. gets the nod of the coun­cil, these PUVs will be ply­ing the city streets im­me­di­ately.

The CCTO, how­ever, will be mon­i­tor­ing its oper­a­tion within 45 days for fur­ther ad­just­ments.

Ouano said Mayor To­mas Osmeña wanted that these PUVs will start trans­port­ing com­muters as soon as pos­si­ble.

"Gi­paninguha nato nga mata­ban­gan sila kay mao sad ang gusto sa mayor nga maka­sugod na sila dayon," he said.

How­ever, Ouano said they will help Per­sano in iden­ti­fy­ing the load­ing and un­load­ing area for these modern ve­hi­cles to avoid any traf­fic prob­lem.

"Ang prob­lema ani is ang load­ing and un­load­ing kay dako man gud ni," he said.

These buses have a ca­pac­ity of at least 30 in­di­vid­u­als.

The de­ploy­ment of these 40 units of PUVs is in ac­cor­dance with the pro­gram of the na­tional gov­ern­ment mod­ern­iz­ing the jeep­neys.

These PUVs have Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem (GPS), wifi con­nec­tion, curb side door, au­to­matic fare sys­tem, dash­board cam­eras, and closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras.

The plan to de­ploy the 40 modern pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles just need the ap­proval of the city coun­cil, af­ter both Mayor To­mas R. Osmeña and the Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Of­fice have ap­proved their routes. THE FREE­MAN PHOTO

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