Lapu mayor: No cancellation of PUVs special permits

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LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has clarified that there is no such thing as cancellation of special permits of public utility vehicles (PUVs) plying routes in the city.

Chan was reacting to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Central Visayas’ announcement that all special permits of PUVs “touching Lapu-Lapu City are not extended and deemed cancelled” effective September 1, 2022.

The LTFRB said the cancellation is in adherence to the letter from Chan.

“Only special permit grantees on the aforesaid city are affected,” it said, adding that “the observations of the city mayor are valid that congestion in the area is heavy.”

But Chan told SunStar Cebu Friday, September 2, that what the city did not allow so far was the application of operators for additional PUVs to ply routes within the city, stressing that they already renewed the clearance of the existing PUVs.

He said they could not yet allow additional PUVs to ply in the city considering that they are still looking for ways to solve its traffic problem.

“There is no cancellation, ang ato lang every time mangayo og franchise for that route, they must pass from the city so that we will know, ma inform lang pod ta kay our concern man gud karon is on how to solve the traffic problem,” Chan told SunStar Cebu.

“For the new application, mao na atong gitan-aw lang kay dili ta gusto nga naay manud nga walay kalibutan ang city,” he added.

Chan said they are eyeing to open new roads and see if they can allow more PUVs to ply, although he could not clearly say that Lapu-Lapu City has enough PUVs to cater all its current number of passengers.

As of August 20, only around 850 traditional public utility jeepneys (TPUJs) remained operational in Cebu City, while 650 units were operating in the two other highly urbanized cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu and the cities of Danao and Talisay.

There are also around 1,120 modernized jeepneys (MPUJs) plying Metro Cebu, said retired Army Colonel Eduardo Montealto Jr., director of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Central Visayas.

Full seating capacity in public transportation is now allowed in Central Visayas but the regional director reiterated that commuters are still not allowed to stand inside PUVs.

“For me, kon atong tan-awon gyud ang situation, siguro dili pa ta ready to have additional jeeps because gamay ra kaayo atoang karsada, dili pa kaya,” said Chan. (MKG/PAC)