This is to respond to doubts raised by certain sectors on the government’s readiness to implement the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP).
While the Duterte Administration is doing everything it can to move the PUVMP forward, the fact remains that it cannot do it alone—there needs to be a concerted effort to make this project a success. In this regard, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are continuously engaging all stakeholders and key players in order to make the approach holistic and inclusive.
The PUV Modernization Program is long overdue. Past administrations have long wanted to modernize transportation, but every time people wave flags saying that the program is anti-poor, they take a step back. This has to stop.
Now, we ask our critics: if not NOW, then when? Remember that these unresolved issues hindered the modernization program before. We will never be ready if we keep on looking for reasons to delay the project.
Now that we have the momentum and the support of the public and the President, we want to fast-track and gradually implement the program.
We have been ready and planned for all these so that the program will be rolling out within this administration’s term, addressing all the issues such as route rationalization and PUV manufacturing.
We remain firm and unflinching as we are guided by President Duterte’s marching order which is to provide millions of Filipinos a safe, convenient and environment-friendly PUVs commuting experience.
The PUV Modernization program will happen. You only have two options: cooperate and benefit from this program, or oppose and get left behind.
As what DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said: WE ARE NOT FIGHTING THE FEW. WE ARE PROTECTING THE MANY.