LOOK: Oro officially welcomes 15 modern PUVs

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Cagayan de Oro, Philippines – On December 10, the Oro Transport Cooperative (OROTSCO) launched the first 15 modern public utility vehicles (PUVs) in the city.

In cooperation with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB), these 15 units are in line with the PUV modernization program of the Duterte Administration.

As mentioned during the earlier introduction of the modern PUVs, passengers can now commute without bringing cash. Instead, commuters simply need to purchase a reloadable smart card, also known as Beep—its availability will be announced soon.

 

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“It is a sad thing to accept that our old and traditional jeep will lose in our sight, not only because of its sentimental value but because of the loss of the day-to-day remittance from our drivers […] But, because we have to transform—accept the challenge of changes, we have to innovate, overhaul the transport system of our jeepney sector through fleet management,” OROTSCO Chairperson Valeriano Constantino Jr. said during his opening remarks.

Moreover, in Mindanao, only three cities have realized the modernization program— General Santos City, Butuan City, and now, Cagayan de Oro City.

 

What’s Inside?

The Modernize PUVs are equipped with the following: GPS, WiFi, Beep card scanner, and Closed-circuit television (CCTV) & Dashboard camera. It is a Person with disability (PWD)-friendly, as well. Commuters can also choose between air-conditioned and non-air conditioned vehicles.

Route for the modern PUVs will traverse from Bugo to Seven Seaseas and vice-versa.

 

Benefits: Commuters, Operators, and Drivers

The following are the advantages of the modern PUVs, as presented by the DOTr:

For the commuters:

  • Safety and comfort
  • Routes are commuter-friendly
  • Heald and environment-friendly
  • Less reckless drivers due to training and salary

For Drivers:

  • Salary and other benefits
  • Less exposure to pollution and other health hazards
  • Less work time

Lastly, for Operators

  • More passengers to serve with the “Captured Market” route
  • Less traffic
  • Less expense on repair and maintenance
  • In hand-in-hand partnership with the government

 

Route and rates

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Check out the highlights during the inauguration ceremony:

Highway Patrol Group (HPG) Director Colonel Michael Macapagal

City Councilor Teodulfo “Bong” Lao, Jr.

Land Transportation Office (LTO) 10 Director Nelson Manaloto
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 10 Director Aminoden Guro
City Mayor Oscar Moreno

Moreno, Guro, Manaloto, and several other stakeholders led the inauguration ceremony of the first 15 modern PUVs.

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