The Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) filed by several transport groups against the PUV Modernization program has been denied.
Recently, Quezon City RTC Branch 80 denied the application for TRO filed by Angat Tsuper Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas - Genuine Organization Inc. (Stop & Go) against the implementation of Department Order No. 2017-011 (Omnibus Franchising Guidelines) issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) last June 19, 2017.
The OFG will serve as a key component in the rollout of the PUV Modernization Prorgram. It will introduce reforms in granting of franchises by implementing new rules in the planning of routes and improvement of vehicle and operator standards. Under the modernization program, proposed features that will be introduced in PUVs include an automatic fare collection system, CCTV cameras, GPS navigation, a dashboard camera and speed limiters as such.
The OFG will also become the basis from which the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will issue franchises as reflected in the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP). Local government units (LGUs) will also plan out the routes for PUVs based on the current traffic pattern.
In a statement, Atty. Reinier Paul Yebra, DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement, said that the granting of a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) to PUV operators is not a right, but a privilege.
Moreover, Yebra arued that the target rollout of the PUV Modernization program is slated for 2018. The LTFRB has also yet to issue the necessary Memorandum Circulars for the full implemenation of the said program.