The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is set to work hard for the success of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) with the goal of making the Philippines’ public transportation system efficient and environment-safe by 2020. The PUVMP calls for the phasing-out of jeepneys, buses and other Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) that are at least 15 years old and replacing them with safer, more comfortable and more eco-friendly alternatives. But more than this, it is a comprehensive system reform that will entirely change the public land transportation industry. It features a regulatory reform and sets new guidelines for the issuance of franchise for road based public transport services.
And while the project is still a work in progress, what can we do as commuters to support the government?
The journey to a completely convenient means of commuting is still a long, long way but each of us can contribute and help improve our everyday trips if we stay optimistic with our daily journey.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”