San Miguel, Leyte gets new modernized PUVs through PUVMP

San Miguel, Leyte gets new modernized PUVs through PUVMP

The PUV Modernization Program provides financial aid to replace old jeepneys with newer, eco-friendly units. San Miguel Leyte Transport Service Inc. is the latest program recipient, receiving three modernized PUV units. Photo: LTFRB-8/Facebook

TACLOBAN CITY – In a bid to modernize the country's public transportation system, the government's  Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) has been providing financial assistance to operators and drivers to replace their old, dilapidated jeepneys with new, safer, and more environment-friendly units.

The San Miguel Leyte Transport Service Inc. (SMLTSI) in San Miguel, Leyte, has become the latest beneficiary of the PUVMP. The company received three modernized PUV units, which were turned over in a ceremony held on April 26th at the San Miguel Municipal Hall. The event was attended by local officials, ISUZU representatives, and members of SMLTSI.

Engr. Christopher S. Capistrano, the Chief Transportation Development Officer, represented LTFRB Region 8 Regional Director Gualberto N. Gualberto at the ceremony and awarded the Certification of Compliance to the PUV Modernization Program (CPV) to certify the roadworthiness of the PUV units.

Mr. Prospero Q. Brazil, the President of SMLTSI, Ms. Pretzie P. Brazil, BOD of SMLTSI, and Mr. Ariel B. Abellar, the Secretary of SMLTSI, received the ceremonial turnover. The event was witnessed by the active Mayor of San Miguel, Leyte, Hon. Norman D. Sabdao, Mr. Eden Ike Pardillada Jr. - a representative from ISUZU, Cebu, municipal staff, and the members and drivers of SMLTSI.

The PUVMP aims to create a more sustainable and modern transportation sector that prioritizes the safety and comfort of commuters. The program envisions a well-managed transport system providing drivers and operators with stable and dignified livelihoods. It also seeks to reduce the environmental impact of public transportation by encouraging eco-friendly vehicles. —iTacloban 

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