By Marie Marticio
ORMOC CITY – Ten solar powered jeepneys will be plying the city as part of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program.
Mayor Richard Gomez said the e-jeeps, which are equipped with CCTV cameras, free WiFi, GPS systems, televisions and electric fans, will address “the growing transportation needs of the people that have fallen prey to opportunism, to the detriment of the riding public.”
Gualberto Gualberto, Land Transportation and Franchise Regulatory Board 8 regional director, said that under the PUV modernization program the function of planning for a sustainable environment-friendly transportation system will be handed over to local government units (LGUs).
The LGUs are must submit their local public transport plan as a pre-requisite to opening PUV franchises under the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines.
“Malaki po ang maitutuling ng local government sa local public transport. This is a gift of your mayor and vice-mayor to give you a modern and comfortable transportation.
Malaking pagbabago po ito,” Gualberto said.
Gomez said loading and unloading stations would be set up along the Bagsakan Area, which would pass Avilles St, Real St., Lilia Avenue going to Robinsons Place.
From Robinsons Place, the e-jeeps will also pass Cogon St., Ormoc District Hospital, Racal, D. Veloso St., Anubing St., Ormoc City High School, Armea and Real St. going back to Bagsakan.
Solar-powered jeeps were also launched to ply Ormoc-Sogod, Southern Leyte, routes.