La Trinidad jeepney groups briefed on PUV modernization

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 13 (PIA) - - About 200 jeepney operators and drivers belonging to various organizations here participated in the briefing of the Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC) on the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program.


Corazon Martinez, OTC Supervising Cooperative Specialist and Head of Training and Development Section, said the PUV modernization program offers environment-friendly, safe, secured, comfortable and convenient transport services.

The modernized vehicle will have an engine that is Clean Air Act- compliant with lower emissions using electric, solar or alternative fuel. It will be equipped with speed limiter and installed with side door.

Closed-circuit television, global positioning system or dashboard cameras will be installed as security measures. For passenger comfort and convenience, it will employ automatic fare collection system and with wi-fi access, she explained.

Corazon Martinez, Head of Training and Development Section of the Office of Transportation Cooperative, briefs La Trinidad jeepney operators and drivers group  on the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program and the window of opportunities of the program for both the transport sector and the riding public. (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)  

As a financial incentive, Martinez said jeepney operators will be given a subsidy amounting to P80, 000.00 on condition they will purchase new vehicle and surrender their old units. Financing of public utility jeepneys may be through government financial institutions with affordable loan packages and through automatic fare collection system.

All PUVs will be modernized but will initially start with the jeepneys which are given a three-year transition period until 2020, she informed.

Bernadette Balway, OTC Training Specialist II, said PUV operators need to consolidate and organize as cooperative or consortium for them to apply in managing the type of vehicles.  Having more members translates into more benefits and more capital share, she said.

Under the program, operators will become investors while existing drivers who will be given priority will become employees with improved welfare. Drivers will receive a regular salary and other benefits and not based on ridership which eliminates the existing boundary system. Drivers will work by shift. It will also professionalize drivers who will undergo training at the Drivers’ Academy.

According to the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board, the PUV Modernization Program is not merely a vehicle modernization program but a comprehensive system reform that will entirely change the public land transportation landscape. It features a regulatory reform and sets new guidelines for the issuance of franchise for road based public transport services. It also incorporates route rationalization.

The OTC, under the Department of Transportation, is part of the advocacy of the PUV modernization in charge of the transport sector. Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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