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Another auto assembler/manufacturer joined the ranks of car companies producing motor vehicles for the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).

Hino Motors Philippines, exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, gave initial Class II, 4-wheeler AC modern jeepney units to the Pateros-Fort Bonifacio Transport Service and Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the Taguig Transport Service Cooperative last Wednesday.

Present during the turnover were Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Undersecretary Thomas Orbos, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Martin Delgra III, Office of Transportation Cooperatives Chairman Emmanuel Virtucio, Taguig City Mayor Lani Lopez Cayetano and Makati City Mayor Mar-Len Abigail Binay-Campos.

Pateros-Fort Bonifacio TSMPC Chairman Nonito Sinamban, Taguig TSC Chairman Freddie P. Hernandez, LTFRB NCR Regional Director Atty. Zona Russet Tamayo, HMP president Hiroshi Aoki and HMP Chairman Vicente Mills Jr. also graced the event.

“Hino is ready and able to answer the call of the government’s PUV Modernization Program by providing sustainable modern Euro 4-powered jeepneys,” Aoki said.

Consistent with the Department of Transportation and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board together with Office of Transportation Cooperatives theme “Arangkada sa Pagbabago,” Hino works hand in hand with different stakeholders to speed up the modernization of the country’s transport system.

“Its modern jeepneys deliver a more efficient engine while adopting green technology to reduce harm to the environment,” HMP chairman Vicente Mills Jr. said.

The Pateros-Fort Bonifacio TSMC and Taguig TSC are among the three preselected cooperatives to adopt first the PUVMP.

The cooperatives were selected by the OTC for their good standing, financial capability and established management structure.

The Pateros-Fort Bonifacio TSMC will receive 137 Hino modern jeepney units while the Taguig TSC will get 279 units. The approved routes include Gate III of Fort Bonifacio to Guadalupe Market and Bagumbayan, Taguig to Pasig.

The company’s modern jeepneys use the Beep Card system and feature a speed limiter, GPS, CCTV, a dashboard-mounted camera and air-conditioning.

Built according to the requirements set by the Bureau of Philippine Standards, its Class II Hino jeepney can accommodate 23 commuters in comfortable, seatbelt-secured and perimeter seats.

“Hino is honored to be one of the pioneer suppliers of modern jeepneys to the cooperatives selected to kick-off the PUVMP program. We strongly believe that our quality products can make commuting safer and more efficient for Filipinos. We are looking forward to partnering with other transport groups as we move forward with our goal of a more sustainable transportation system for the Philippines,” Mills said.

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