Currently, there are still on-going discussions regarding the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) and its implementation across the country. While that's the case in Metro Manila and other cities around the country, Davao City will be taking a different direction. In particular, the city officials intend to phase out jeepneys completely as they will be replaced by the upcoming Davao integrated bus system.
According to a report by The Philippine Star, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has rejected the jeepney modernization program and is instead pushing for the phase-out of jeepneys in the city. She says that it would be unfair for jeepney drivers and operators to comply with the modernization program and then be told to sell their vehicles six months later.
Dionisio Abude, city transport and traffic management office chief, said that jeeps plying the Catalunan Grande-Roxas Avenue and C.P. Garcia Highway-Sasa routes will be the first ones affected. About a total of 440 jeepney drivers and operators will have to replace their old jeepneys. However, livelihood assistance as compensation for those affected is already being worked out.
The Davao integrated bus system is the first step of the city's high priority bus system, which will be implemented later this year. The high priority bus system is a priority project by Mayor Sara Duterte with its design and study being crafted by the Asia Development Bank (ADB). It aims to modernize the mass transport system and help solve traffic congestion in Davao city. Davao currently, has 29 routes for public transport with 7,000-8,000 PUJs plying these routes. With the bus system, only 990 buses will be needed.