June 18, 2017 is the day the modern PUV hits the road.
Isuzu, one of the manufacturers part of the PUV modernization program (PUVMP), has turned over the first 15 units of their class 2 PUVs to the Senate Employees Transport Service Cooperative or SETSCO. With that, SETSCO will serve as the pilot operator of the PUVMP as it is set to shuttle employees of the Senate.
The class 2 PUVs are based on the Isuzu QKR77 truck with its body designed and built by Almazora. It features a square body and, as it follows class 2 regulations, offers seats for 23 with standing room available. Powering it is a Euro 4 compliant 3.0-liter diesel with 106 PS and 230 Nm of torque, which is then mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
As for features, the modern PUV comes with air-conditioning, fare payment through Beep card, CCTVs, a reverse camera and a forward facing camera. For SETSCO, it even comes with monitors which will serve as digital posters for ads and the like. For commuters to see the next stop from the outside, there is also an LED sign flanking the top part of the PUV.
Another 20 units will follow during the course of the year, bringing the fleet total to 35 units. The route runs through Star City-Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) and vice versa. Along the way, there are stops along Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)-Senate and SM Mall of Asia (MOA) complex.