Dipolog City, Philippines –The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Atty. Martin B. Delgra, III graced the Public Land Transport Summit with a theme, “Shaping the future of Public Land Transport and Overcoming the PUVMP Challenges.” The summit was organized by the Regional Franchising and Regulatory Office (RFRO) 9 headed by Regional Director Aminoden D. Guro held at the Dipolog City Sports Complex, Olingan, Dipolog City on 29 April 2019.

In his speech, Chairman Delgra discussed in detail the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), its objectives and its major components such as Route Rationalization, Fleet Modernization, Industry Consolidation, and Financial Viability.

One of the highlights of the summit was the Launching of “Tsuper Iskolar,” a scholarship program for Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) drivers and operators as well as other stakeholders of the PUVMP. Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region 9 Regional Director Vincent Atienza Cirfra explained that “Tsuper Scholar” includes skills assessment, as well as entrepreneurship training.

Moreover, South Metro Transport Cooperative Chairman Mr. Ernesto R. Saw, Jr. shared his success story in overcoming PUVMP challenges. Suppliers and manufacturers of Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) and their accessories were also showcased, such as Isuzu, Suzuki, Star 8, Hino Motors, E-Sakay, Baic Motors, PHUV Inc., and AF Payments Inc.

Other key officials in attendance were DOTr Assistant Secretary for Special Concerns BGen. Manuel S. Gonzales (Ret.), LTFRB Technical Division Head Mr. Joel Bolano, Office of Transportation Cooperatives Executive Director Eugene M. Pabualan, Dipolog City Mayor Darel Dexter T. Uy, City Cooperative Officer Elena Doris R. Sarande, LTFRB-9 Atty. Jason C. Tan, Cooperative Development Authority Representative Raul T. Alcoran, Jr., Land Bank of the Philippines Representative Ronald T. Tumanda, and Development Bank of the Philippines Representative Marlon B. Ramos.