Hino Motor Philippines (HMP) is looking at not just further expanding its market reach via trucks & buses, but in modern public utility vehicles (PUVs) as well. Just recently, the company joined the 4th Transport Cooperative National Congress which was held at this year's Phiblus and Truck Expo.

There, the truck & bus manufacturer, alongside other companies, extended their support for the government's PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP). It saw the gathering of suppliers, transport cooperatives, drivers, stakeholders, as well as various government agencies.

Besides educating transport cooperatives about the benefits of the newer PUVs instead of old jeepneys, Hino also showed several examples of their transport vehicles that meet the government's requirements. Further helping the cause were the presence of Senator Win Gatchalian, Department of Transporation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Matrin Delgra III.

In his speech, Gatchalian said that he is optimistic with the implementation of the PUVMP. He said that not only will it make for cleaner roads, but the new PUVs will make for a safer and and more comfortable riding experience for commuters. Moreover, it will also benefits drivers as it will increase their take-home pay, normalize driving hours, and even reduce travel time by 20%. Delgra, on the other hand, stressed that the PUVMP will generate more jobs, as well as make the transport system become more efficient.

For Hino's part, the company is dedicated in supporting the government's program by continuing to make modern jeepneys that will benefit both trasnport cooperatives, as well as the riding public.

“We at Hino stay committed to our promise of total support by bringing modern jeepneys closer to the Filipino people. We have been working hard in our plant to address the growing need for modern PUV units. Our modern jeepneys guarantee the same quality that Hino is known for worldwide. We take pride as the only local truck and bus one-stop shop that not only provides commercial vehicles but also assembles chassis and engine using our body-building capabilities,” said Vicente Mills Jr., Chairman of HMP.

Since last year, the company has been turning over units of their modern PUVs to transport cooperatives. Receiving them first was the Taguig Transport Cooperative and Pateros-Fort Bonifacio Transport Cooperative last July 2018. Since then, Hino has turned over more than 100 PUVs to more transport groups in Makati, Quezon City, and Iloilo.