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170 modern jeepneys to ply Cebu City routes

September 18, 2020 - Friday 8:09 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image MODERN JEEPNEYS. Undated photo shows a fleet of modern jeepneys owned by the Cebu People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CPMPC) which are readied to ply various Cebu City routes. The CPMPC on Friday (Sept. 18, 2020) said of the 170 new modern jeepneys they acquired, 100 units are just waiting for the Land Transportation of Public Route Plan (LTPRP) approval and ready to serve the commuting public. (Photo courtesy of CPMPC)

CEBU CITY – One hundred and seventy modern jeepneys called “PeoplesJeep” will ply the city streets with the initial 70 units already servicing various routes here.

One hundred units are still waiting for the approval of the Land Transportation of Public Route Plan (LTPRP) specifically for the cities of Cebu and Mandaue.

Of the 70 units already in operation, 10 are being used as shuttle buses for the employees of the Cebu-based transport cooperative, Cebu People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CPMPC), one of the biggest and multi-awarded transport cooperatives in the country.

CPMC chief executive officer Macario Quevedo said in an online interview on Friday that the coop launched and inaugurated these modern jeepneys last Aug. 15 in response to the government’s transport modernization program.

“We are one with the government in its goal to modernize the public transportation industry in the country, particularly in Cebu. The Department of Transportation (DoTr) has eyed to gradually replace old jeepneys with new units to reform the public land transport industry,” Quevedo said.

He said that these new units of air-conditioned jeepneys will soon ply the different routes in Metro Cebu but presently, 12 units of “PeoplesJeep” are plying the Talamban to Colon area.

The CPMC is hiring at least 300 new drivers in preparation for the new routes that will soon open in Metro Cebu.

He said the units have air-conditioning systems and foam seats to give passengers a comfortable ride.

They are also equipped with the required closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera for security purposes. These modern public utility vehicles (PUV) are powered by environmentally-compliant Euro 4/5 diesel engines, significantly reducing their carbon and sulfur emissions.

Fare payment is easy and convenient with the implementation of the Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), which is required under the PUV modernization program of the government, Quevedo said.

The Durabus Zhongtong Class 2 modern jeepneys are compliant with the Department of Trade and Industry’s Philippine National Standards. They feature a global positioning system (GPS), speed limiter, front and rear cameras, and indoor TV for entertainment. CPMPC has partnered with Beep Cards operator AF Payments Inc., which is the leading AFCS provider in the country, he said.

“Our acquisition of these new units of modern PUVs is our response to the government’s call for a massive industry-wide transport modernization providing efficient, safe and comfortable public transportation to the riding public while at the same time promoting pro-environment initiatives for a cleaner and better tomorrow,” Quevedo said.

The state-run lenders Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) have specialized loan financing programs that aim to help transport corporations and cooperatives acquire modern and environment-friendly jeepney units, he said.

Quevedo said the program has significantly benefited drivers as they now receive monthly fixed salary and other benefits. A transport cooperative ideally manages the PUV fleet management and distributes the monthly income to its owners and drivers.

“We thank our partners, our funding institutions in government, government regulators and our transport operators for this new milestone of our cooperative,” he said.

PeoplesJeep is a transport service operation owned and operated by Cebu People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative, which has over 70,000 members nationwide. Minerva Newman

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