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LTFRB RO2 launches first E-Jeep in Cagayan Valley

SOLANO, Nueva Vizcaya- Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Regional Office 2 has launched the first fleet of Electric Jeepney in Cagayan Valley region on February 7, 2020.

Regional Director of LTFRB Edward L. Cabase said that this launching is part of the flagship program of the current administration.

“Ang hangad naming ay mapabilis at mapaganda ang serbisyo ng mga Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) sa ating komunidad. By June 2020, we expect na ma-phased out lahat ng mga lumang PUVs dahil una, yun naman talaga ang isa sa mga adhikain ng modernisasyon. Pangalawa, dapat tulungan nyo kami sa pagpapatupad ng modernisasyon. Maging disiplinado din ho tayo”, he said.

(We only wish to give quality services to the community using PUVs. Because by June 2020, we expect to phase out all old PUVs. Firstly, that is the very goal of modernization. Secondly, help us in the implementation of modernization. We should practice discipline.)

The 10 units of E-jeep will cater people from Solano to Bayombong and vise versa.

Office of the Transport Cooperative (OCT) representative Eugene Pabaulan said that the E-jeep is equipped with CCTV cameras, WiFi, Mini-fans and USB port.

“The difference from the old model is that this E-jeep has features that caters the needs of passengers. It eco-friendly because it is installed with solar panels and it is anti-noise pollution”, he added.

Cabase said that the fare rates of the old jeep model from the E-jeep will not change since it is part of the program.

Meanwhile, Cabase calls for the cooperation of all cooperatives in the region in the implementation of modernization.

The model of the E-jeep is class 2 and operated by the First Vizcayano Travellers Transport Cooperative (FNVTTC).

Cabase said that PUV Modernization Program is not merely a vehicle modernization program, but also a comprehensive system reform that will entirely change the public land transportation industry.

He added that it features a regulatory reform, and sets new guidelines for the issuance of franchise for road based public transport services.

Also, it devolved the function of route planning to the local government units as they are more versed in the terrain and passenger demand within their respective territorial jurisdiction.

In order to soften the impact and assist small operators who will be affected by the PUVMP, a special loan program with Landbank and DBP is being proposed which will provide access to operators and drivers to adequate funding.

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