Department Of Transportation, Dotr, Puv Modernization Program

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PUV modernization gets no budget in 2020: Who suffers?

Among the scrapped programs is the Tsuper Iskolar initiative, which provides free skills training for displaced drivers and operators

8.10.2019

Among the scrapped programs is the Tsuper Iskolar initiative, which provides free skills training for displaced drivers and operators.

Among the scrapped programs is the Tsuper Iskolar initiative, which provides free skills training for displaced drivers and operators

MANILA, Philippines – In its proposed budget for 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) does not have any approved allocation for the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), whose transition period runs until July next year.

by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) when it finalized the national budget. This prompted the DOTr, during a House hearing last September 5, to ask for budget augmentation of P1.5 billion for road projects.

Under the PUVMP, the LTFRB had vowed to establish an academy to train drivers and operators on safety measures and etiquette while operating PUVs.

This year, the program had a reduced budget of P447 million. The training programs, information education campaign, and PMO funds remained intact, albeit with much smaller allocations. Two new line items were introduced: the Tsuper Iskolar program and the PUVM"support infra database," which is technology-based recording system for franchises. Route planning and transport studies were not among the funded components.

Read more: Rappler

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