Moving Forward: The PUV Modernization Program

The Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program (PUVMP) is a transformational large-scale initiative and flagship project of the Rodrigo R. Duterte administration. It envisions a restructured, modern, well-managed, and environmentally sustainable transport sector where drivers and operators have stable, sufficient, and dignified livelihoods while commuters get to their destinations quickly, safely, and comfortably.
The PUVMP will bring about comprehensive system reform covering various aspects of the public transportation industry such as the restructuring of public transport routes, engagement of Local Government units in transport planning, vehicle emission and safety standards and policies, industry consolidation, efficient transport operations and enhancement of the local PUV manufacturing industry. Stakeholder support programs are also in place such as affordable financing packages offered by Government Financing Institutions, financial incentives for the replacement of old units, capacity building on fleet operations, as well as assistance in enterprise development, skills training and employment for those affected.
One of the components of the program is fleet consolidation. The number of units will be determined by the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP), which is an integral part of the route rationalization program, which will identify the approved routes nationwide. A template of the LPTRP Manual may be downloaded via the DOTr website. Vehicle prototypes have also been presented in an exhibit in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry. A transport caravan featuring proposed models of new jeepneys has also been conducted. To date, 30 local government agencies and academic institutions as well as 7 international partners are working together in the planning and development of the various components of the program.
19 July 2017 --- Signing of DOTr-DO 2017-011 or the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG) which introduces regulations that will generate (a) new and rationalized routes, (b) public transport services designed to meet travel demand; (c) vehicle specifications to ensure safety, accessibility and low emissions; (d) consolidation of small individual operators into larger entities that will have the capability and resources for higher quality services, and; (e) a transition period of three (3) years. This technically lifts the moratorium on the issuance of franchises.
Signing of the DOTr-DILG JMC 001 series of 2017 or “Guidelines on the Preparation and Issuance of Local Ordinances, Orders, Rules and Regulations
concerning the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP)” which provides the guidelines to be used by LGUs in preparing their LPTRPs which will be used by the LTFRB as basis for franchise issuance.
30 April 2017 --- MOU Signing between DOTr and Landbank which gave rise to the SPEED Jeepney program.
11 September 2017 --- MOU Signing between DOTr and DBP PASADA (Program Assistance to Support Alternative Driving Approaches).
12-14 September 2017 --- Capacity building and pilot testing of the LPTRP Manual in General Santos City.
Ongoing --- Preparations for initial implementation are currently ongoing in the following areas: Metro Manila, General Santos City, Tacloban City, Davao City, Cebu City, and Cagayan de Oro City.