Striking a balance in PUV modernization


Lawmakers join the dialogue between officials of transport regulatory agencies and groups during the House Committee on Transportation hearing on the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

Committee chairman Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento (inset) said the jeepney drivers and operators’ strike on Monday and Tuesday could have been prevented if there were avenues for dialogue and exchange of facts between affected sectors and proponents of the PUVMP, which President Rodrigo Duterte wants implemented starting January 1, 2018.

Reps. Edgar R. Erice, Johnny Ty Pimentel, Rodel M. Batocabe, Carlos Isagani T. Zarate, Emmi A. de Jesus, Ron P. Salo, Harry L. Roque, Jr., Arlene D. Brosas, Carlo V. Lopez, Gavini C. Pancho and Teodoro G. Montoro were present during the hearing.

The Executive Department was represented by officials from Department of Transportation, Metro Manila Development Authority, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Land Transportation Office, Development Bank of the Philippines, LandBank, Office of Transport Cooperatives, and the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group. Officials of transport groups PISTON, FEJODAP, ACTO, L-TOP, ALTODAP and PASANG-MASDA were also in attendance.