THE country’s public utility vehicle modernization program got a major boost with the recent roll out 100 units of public utility vehicles (PUVs) by the Cebu People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative to ply different routes around Metro Cebu.
Dubbed PeoplesJeep, the new PUVs are Durabus Zhongtong Class 2 which are compliant with the Philippine National Standards set by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The 25-seater units are equipped with global positioning system, speed limiter, front and rear cameras, indoor TV for entertainment, air-conditioning, foam seats and security CCTV.
The modern PUVs are powered by environmentally-compliant Euro 4/5 diesel engines, which significantly reduces carbon and sulfur emissions. Fare payment is via the automatic fare collection system (AFCS) based on the modernization program of Department of Transportation (DoTr).
With the rollout, CPMPC now has a total of 170 PeoplesJeeps in its fleet, with the first units launched before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Presently, 12 units are plying the Talamban to Colon line with Route 13C.
“We are one with the government in its goal to modernize the public transportation, particularly in Cebu. We thank our partners, government funding institutions and regulators, and transport operators for this new milestone,” CPMPC CEO Macario Quevedo said.
With over 70,000 members nationwide, the 48-year-old CPMPC is one of the country’s biggest and multi-awarded multi-purpose cooperatives to venture on the viability of service-oriented micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).