The deployment of the units highlighted the launching of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) in the region held at SM City Cagayan de Oro on Monday, July 15.
Among those featured was a Euro-4 compliant double-decker tri-axle bus which will ply the Cagayan De Oro-Bukidnon route.
DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade who led the launching was amazed by the amenities of the bus saying it is the first time that he saw a double-decker bus with wifi, tracking system, CCTV, and other amenities plying a long-distance route.
In his message, he instructed the LTFRB in the region to ensure that transport operators and cooperatives follow the mandate of the modernization program.
In order to soften the impact and assist small operators who will be affected by the PUVMP, he said a special loan program with Landbank and DBP is being proposed which will provide access to operators and drivers to adequate funding.
Tugade was accompanied by LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III and LTFRB Region 10 Director Aminoden Guroduring the inspection of the units.
Delgra thanked transport operators and cooperatives in the region for supporting the PUV modernization program. He said the transport coops are the backbone of the modernization program which aims to bring commuters to their destinations safely and comfortably using modernized and environment-friendly vehicles.
The PUVMP is a flagship initiative of the Duterte administration that envisions a restructured, modern, well-managed and environmentally sustainable public transport sector. It aims to make public transport safe and comfortable for commuters and drivers alike.