With the country's push towards the modernization of public utility vehicles, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) is clearly on-board.
With help from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Office (LTO), as well as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), IPC recently turned over 20 units of their Class 2 PUVs to the Paniqui Gerona Tarlac Transport Services Cooperative. (PGT Transeco), an umbrella organization of Pasang Masda.
“We are very honored to be providing them their modern PUVs as PGT Transeco leads the PUV modernization program rolled out by the local government here in Paniqui, Tarlac,” said Joseph Bautista, Division Head of Sales at IPC.
In attendance during the turnover ceremony were key personnel from LTFRB, Almazora Body Builder and INTECO Group. These included LTFRB Chairman Martin B Delgra III, Almazora president Conrad Almazora, and INTECO CEO and president Raymond Jarina. Also present were key figures from Yellowdot Transport, the operator that will handle the new PUV units, as well as Honorable Susan Yap, the Governor of Tarlac.
Like the units that were sent to Boracay last November 2018, the 20 units turned over by IPC are Class II QKR77 PUVs that can accommodate 22 seated passengers as well as standees. It has a side-facing entrance like typical buses, air-conditioning units that will keep passengers comfortable, CCTV camera for added security, GPS with built-in speed limiter and an Autofare collection system.
LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin B Delgra III commended IPC for their continuous support of the PUV Modernization Program.
“Automakers like Isuzu Philippines play a key role in the modernization program since they provide the units that we need to make this program move forward,” said Delgra.
Aside from PUJs, Delgra also mentioned that buses, taxis and even UV transport services will also be modernized. The LTFRB Chairman even went on to say that the modernization program will also replace old practices with new ones.
“This modernization program actually addresses not simply replacing old units with new ones, but also replacing old practices with new modern systems that will make the transport system more efficient, more affordable and predictable. This is what the President has been saying ‘Let’s give the Filipino a comfortable life’,” added Delgra.
Isuzu, on the other hand, would like to thank PGT-Transeco and Pasang Masda for trusting them in providing their first fleet of modern PUVs.
“We are confident that these units will be able to provide them a more durable, comfortable and safe transport solution to the riding public,” added Bautista.