Hyundai has been a fervent supported of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program, and this time, they have brought their modern fleet to Mindanao. In partnership with the Public Transport Alliance of Gensan, 15 brand new units were turned over in a simple ceremony with PTAG president Robert N. Cang receiving the vehicles.
The turn over ceremony took place in General Santos City Oval Plaza in the presence of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Atty. Martin B. Delgra III, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Atty. Mark Steven Pastor, LTFRB Region XII Director Col. Paterno Reynato Padua (Ret.), PTAG President Robert Cang, and representatives from Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) Commercial Vehicles Division.
“Sa huling datos natin nitong Disyembre 2019, lumalabas na 1,030 na mga kooperatiba na binubuo ng 104,000 na miyembro ang accredited ng Office of the Transportation Cooperatives (OTC). Umabot na rin sa 562 ang authorized routes sa ilalim ng programa na may 15,650 authorized units. Sa bilang na ito, 4,120 ang operational na [According to our data from December 2019, 1,030 cooperatives that are comprised of 104,000 members are accredited by the Office of the Transportation Cooperatives. There are 562 authorized routes under the program with 15,650 authorized units plying these routes. 4,120 units are now operational],” said Atty. Mark Steven Pastor, DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure.
The 15 Hyundai HD50S Class 2 Modern Jeepney units will operate under Lagao Drivers Operators Transport Cooperative (LADOTRANSCO) and will traverse three routes--Doña Soledad to Lagao Public Market, Calumpang to Lagao Public Market, and Calumpang to San Jose.
“We are happy to start 2020 strong in our commitment to support the PUVM. We made sure that the units reached GenSan safe and sound through their 1,230-kilometer journey from the Hyundai Logistics Center in Laguna. Kaya ang ating King of the Road ay maari na ring mabansagang King of the RORO—now at the service of this region. Gawang Pilipino, para sa Pilipino!,” Ma. Fe Perez Agudo Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. President and CEO later added.
Built on Hyundai’s HD50S platform, the Hyundai Class 2 Modern Jeepney is powered by a 2.9-liter Euro 4-compliant CRDi engine that provides better fuel efficiency, reliability, and cleaner emissions. It is designed for enhanced stability and power-to-weight ratio, boasting a 3,415-millimeter wheelbase that also equates to more interior space.
The Class 2 vehicle also features roof-mounted air conditioning, AFCS, Wi-Fi, GPS tracking, CCTV cameras, 7-inch monitor, and speed limiter. It can accommodate 22 seated passengers as well as up to ten standing commuters.
Following its receipt of the DOTr Certificate of Compliance (COC), the public can rest assured that Hyundai’s modern jeepneys are more than ready to serve the Philippines’ commuting populace.