Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade at the launch of the public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVMP) in Cagayan de Oro. (PNA photo)

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-Region 10 (LTFRB-10) has bared that environment-friendly public transport vehicles that have complied with the government’s regulation will serve passengers on the streets of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental in the weeks to come.

LTFRB-10 Director Aminoden Guro said they were completing the franchise requirements of at least four transport groups operating under the public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVMP).  These groups are: the Oro Transport Service Cooperative, the P.N. Roa Canitoan Transport Cooperative (PNRCTC), the Donsals Transport Corp. and the Radyo de Oro Corp.

These transport groups need to obtain the local public transport route plan (LPTRP), a route blueprint to be drafted by the local government, and is a PUVMP franchise requisite.

Depending on the manufacturer and the model, some of the vehicle features being considered by these four groups include a global positioning system, a dashboard camera, a closed-circuit television camera, wireless internet connection, air conditioning, an automatic fare collection application allowing passengers to pay using a card, a 22-inch flat screen, and compliance with European emission standards for cleaner emissions and less pollution.

PNRCTC manager Luzminda Lalaine Escobidal said “these new units will be very convenient for the operators, drivers, and most of all, the passengers.”

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said at the PUVMP launch that “the PUVMP is a flagship initiative of the Duterte administration that envisions a restructured, modern, well-managed and environmentally sustainable public transport sector.” (Jojo Mangahis)