Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Atty. Teofilo Guadiz III

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

QUEZON CITY — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday (Dec. 12) welcomed the rally staged by various transportation groups in Mendiola, Manila supporting the government’s PUVMP (Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program).

“This only shows that most of our transport groups in the country support the government’s initiative of providing commuters with safer, more efficient, and environmentally sustainable transport,” LTFRB Chairman Teofilo Guadiz III said in a statement.

The group of jeepney drivers and operators peacefully assembled in Mendiola and in Quezon City, carrying signs “No to Extension ” and “Yes to PUVMP Budget.”

“The modernization program is crucial for uplifting the overall quality of public service, and we look forward to its positive impact on the commuting experience for all,” Guadiz said.

The pro-PUV modernization program group said that they are opposing the extension of the consolidation deadline (Dec. 31), saying that, it would be unfair to those who have complied with the directive.

The group added that at least 120 groups have already consolidated for the program in Metro Manila and 1,700 groups across the country.

Earlier, the LTFRB chief assured that there will be no phaseout of traditional jeepneys in the country after the deadline for consolidation.

Guadiz, however, stressed that the consolidation deadline does not mean traditional jeepneys will no longer be allowed to ply the roads next year.