June 23, 2018

Isuzu Modernized Jeepneys Kicks off PUV Program

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  • There is no stopping the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) that aims to prioritize the safety of public jeepneys, ease traffic, and cut down on pollution. On June 18, Isuzu Philippines Corp., led by President Hajime Koso, turned over the first 15 units of their modern jeepneys.

    Ribbon-cutting for the official turnover of the Isuzu PUVs. (L-R) Mr. Conrad Almazora of Almazora Motors Corporation, Mr. Edgard Cabangon of Isuzu Gencars Inc., President Hajime Koso of Isuzu Phils Corp., DOTr Usec. Thomas Orbos, Ms. Medy Villanueva of SETSCO, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III (behind), Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (behind) and Sen. Miguel Zubiri

    The formal ceremony signified the beginning of the PUVMP with the Senate Employees Transport Service Cooperative (SETSCO) as the pilot operator. They envision that the program will replace some 250,000 jeepneys nationwide with new, safe, and environment-friendly as well as secured, convenient, and comfortable public utility vehicles.

    These new PUVs are assembled using the Isuzu QKR77 using a Euro IV-compliant 4JH1-TC Diesel Engine. These PUVs were designed and manufactured by Almazora Motors Corp., the largest bus and truck manufacturer in the country.

    The modernized PUVs, assembled using the Isuzu QKR77 platform in front of the Senate building in Pasay City

    Features of the new PUVs include air-conditioning, side-facing seat configuration, panoramic windows and windshields, full-body insulation with GeneQ shield, automatic doors, and provisions for persons with disabilities.

    Completing the modernized look the Isuzu are the LED TV monitors, LED signages, fire extinguishers, CCTV, dash-cam and back-up cameras, and the automatic fare collection. All is set and ready to ensure public safety, entertainment, and convenience.

    President Hajime Koso of Isuzu Phils Corp., Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, DOTr Usec. Thomas Orbos, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III and Mr. Conrad Almazora of Almazora Motors Corporation.

    “Our modernized jeepneys will provide safe, convenient, reliable, and comfortable transport services to the people who will render public service on their part,” IPC President Hajime Koso explained. “This is truly a landmark event for the PUV modernization program of the Philippine government and Isuzu Philippines Corporation’s active participation.”

    This is a press release with minor edits by Philippine Primer writers.

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