BAGUIO CITY, May 16 (PIA) -- The Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC) seeks the support of the transport sector in the Cordillera region to the transport modernization program of the government.
Speaking before more than 200 transport sector representatives from all over the region during the Cordillera Regional Summit for Transportation Cooperatives, OGC Chairman Emmanuel Virtucio asked their full cooperation and support to this flagship project of the Duterte Administration for the benefit of the riding public, drivers and operators.
Virtucio said the transport modernization will be fully implemented in January, 2019.
The Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) envisions a restructured, modern, well-managed and environmentally sustainable transport sector where drivers and operators have stable, sufficient and dignified livelihoods while commuters get to their destinations quickly, safely and comfortably. This is pursuant to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Department Order No. 2017-011, the Omnibus Guidelines on the Planning and Identification of Public Road Transportation Services and Franchise Issuance.
The PUVMP is a comprehensive system reform that will entirely change the public land transportation industry. There are regulatory reforms and sets new guidelines for the issuance of franchise for road based public transport services. It also includes fleet modernization where ‘PUV are designed to be environment-friendly, safe, secure and convenient with due consideration to our Persons-with-Disabilities (PWDs) passengers.’
Under the program, local government units are required to submit their own Local Public Transport Plan as a pre-requisite for the opening of PUV franchises within their jurisdiction.
"This is the first time we are having this event in the region and we are scheduling provincial summit and go to the grassroots to get their sentiments and address their concerns to help us implement the transport modernization program of President Rodrigo Duterte," OTC-Cordillera regional officer-in-charge Daisy Lee said.
The summit also aims to generate issues and concerns that need to be addressed in order to build harmonious relationship among the transport sector, the government managers and policy makers. Joseph B. Zambrano (ALT/JBZ -PIA CAR)