Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has consistently showed its support for the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) in the past year. It furthers its efforts toward the improvement of public transport as it recently turned over 15 initial units of its modern PUVs to MetroExpress Connect, Inc. in Balanga City, Bataan, just last week.
The new PUVs are air-conditioned, Euro IV-compliant, Class 2 vehicles assembled using the Isuzu QKR77 platform. They are supposed to offer more comfortable rides for passengers and better fuel economy for drivers and owners.
IPC assistant sales division head Hiroto Nakaguro mentioned that these units are “customized with various accessories such as WiFi, GPS, CCTV, LED displays and automatic fare collection system enabling cashless operations, all geared for passengers’ safety and added convenience.” He also expressed his gratitude to the transport groups such as MCI who put their trust in Isuzu’s brand.
“The government has been very forward-looking in the planning and implementation of the PUVMP. We are about to make history because what was once the historical jeepney will now be historically reinvented. And I am very happy to note that the modern PUVs you see here will become the new normal in the Philippine public transport system,” said Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Region 3 director Ahmed Cuizon. “In the coming weeks and months, we will be opening new routes that will be catering to more passengers in Bataan.”
Cuizon also reminded transport groups, operators, and drivers to ramp up the modernization efforts of their own fleets. “They have to step up their modernization efforts between now and June 30, 2020. Otherwise, their franchises and routes will be given to those who can provide modernized PUVs to the riding public. In the seven provinces of Region 3, where Bataan belongs, we project up to 30,000 jeepneys need to be modernized by that time.”
Are you looking forward to seeing more of these modern PUVs plying various roads across the country?