As it continues to support the PUV Modernization Program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Hino Motors Philippines (HMP) recently joined the first Modern PUV Caravan at Clark Economic Zone in Pampanga.
With the theme “Arangkada ng Pagbabago Tungo sa Kaunlaran,” the Modern PUV Caravan gathered various organizations such as the DOTr, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC); with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Landbank of the Philippines as bank partners; and industry associations and vehicle manufacturers to show the efforts of the public and private sector in implementing the PUV Modernization Program.
“The caravan launched is a strong manifestation of the collaborative effort of private and public partners in the implementation of the PUV Modernization Program. We intend to push this program as far and as fast as possible and that won’t happen without the support of all the stakeholders,” said LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III.
LTO Undersecretary Mark Richmond de Leon likewise called for the support of all stakeholders, especially the drivers and transport cooperatives, for the success of the program. He highlighted that the PUV Modernization Program is a priority project of the government because a modern, reliable transportation system can help usher in a better economy for the country.
For the entire caravan, HMP will be showcasing its PNS-compliant modern PUVs, Jeepney Class II (AC) and Jeepney Class III (AC). These Euro 4-powered Hino jeepneys provide comfortable seating and are equipped with safety features such as a speed limiter, CCTV, GPS and a dashboard camera, which all ensure a better, safer commuting experience for both Filipino drivers and passengers.
“We are honored to be part of this meaningful program which seeks to gradually improve our national transportation system. It has always been our vision to see a more connected community where people and goods go where they need to go in the most efficient manner and we are positive that this effort brings us all closer to achieving that. HMP is committed and well-positioned to support this PUV modernization initiative and we all look forward to the opportunities that this will open up for our local transportation industry and its various stakeholders,” said HMP Chairman Vicente Mills, Jr.
The modern PUV caravan will be having 30 legs nationwide. The first leg of the caravan will be in July and August, while the rest of the caravan will be held in February 2020 . The program will also have stopovers in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan; San Fernando City, La Union; Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Tuguegarao City, Cagayan; Santiago, Isabela; Baguio City; Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; and Marilao City, Bulacan.