Marikina Supports PUV Modernization
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The City Government of Marikina under the leadership of Mayor Marcy Teodoro is supportive of the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program that involves the use of modern jeepneys that are environment-friendly, comfortable and safe.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Mark De Leon highlighted the PUV modernization program at yesterday’s launch of the modernize jeepneys at the Freedom Park.
“It is very fitting na nandito tayo ngayon sa Marikina. Marikina is a very modern city. Malinis at maayos,” De Leon said in a speech. He said the DOTr wants to improve the transport system in the country by encouraging more people to ride PUVs instead of driving their own cars to help decongest the streets and ease traffic.
The modern jeepneys that look like mini-buses are fully air-conditioned, have Wi-Fis, GPS (global positioning system) and closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs). They are also fitted with automated fare collection system that allows commuters to use Panta tap cards instead of cash to pay for the fare.
The modern jeepneys have high ceilings allowing commuters to stand, side doors instead of rear doors and can accommodate up to 30 riders. They are also Euro-4 compliant in compliance with the Clean Air Act of 1999.
Ponchie Santos, who attended the event on behalf of Mayor Marcy Teodoro, said the local government supports the PUV modernization program.
“Gusto ni Mayor Marcy ay maayos, ligtas, komportable at efficient ang transport system dito sa Marikina para hindi nahihirapan ang mga estudyante, mga nagtratrabaho at ang ating mga kababayan. Kaya ang mga kalye ay kaniyang pinaluwag. Naniniwala si Mayor na ang transport system ay isang equalizer. Walang mayaman at mahirap dapat," Santos said in a short speech.
“Lahat ng magagandang programa ng ating pamahalaan ay sinusuportahan ni Mayor Marcy at ng Marikina," Santos, head of Marikina's tourism office, added.
Santos echoed De Leon’s view that it is but fitting to hold the event in Marikina.
“Bakit Marikina? Dahil nakikita nila ang kalinisan, kaayusan at disiplina dito sa Marikina,” Santos said.
The event was also attended by officials from Yellow Dot Transport Service Terminal, Panta Transport Ltd., Pasa Masda and various cooperatives from other parts of the country who are the first batch to acquire the modern jeepneys.
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