MAVERICK PUV operator Donald Rey Ellarina, also known as Donsals, unveiled on Monday (July 15, 2019) 35 new business class units as part of his contribution to the government's PUV modernization program.
It is another landmark to the homegrown public transport firm which started its roots in the western part of Misamis Oriental plying state-of-the-art jeepneys in the 1990s.
When the PUV trend in the Philippines transitioned to airconditioned vans in the 2000s, Donsals led the bandwagon, ditched its old open-air jeepney fleet and pioneered public van transport in Northern Mindanao, still plying the western Misamis Oriental route from Initao municipality to Cagayan de Oro City.
Today marks another breakthrough for the company.
The all-new Toyota Coaster six wheelers have a 29-seat capacity each and are all Euro 5 compliant. Each unit has its own WiFi connectivity on board and a 22" flat screen TV. It also has a back compartment with styro boxes provided for passengers who have wet goods.
For safety purposes, all units are equipped with close-circuit security cameras. All drivers are likewise instructed to keep the maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. With GPS connectivity, a warning will automatically blink at Donsals headquarters in Laguindingan should any driver breaches the speed limit.
Ellarina said drivers who violate this policy will face one-week suspension.
These and other features are indeed proof that the PUV modernization program of the government can be a success.
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