LTFRB: Central Visayas has enough PUVs

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AN OFFICIAL of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas (LTFRB 7) assured that there is enough public utility vehicles (PUVs) in the region that will transport thousands of students when in-person classes start in November this year.

LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. said there is enough modern public utility jeepneys (MPUJs), traditional jeepneys and buses that are plying routes to and from schools in the region.

He said there are currently 1,195 modern PUJs, close to 2,000 traditional jeepneys, and more than 300 school buses in the region, among other vehicles owned by private schools.

“They can accommodate because these are the same (traditional jeepneys) plus there are additional modern PUJs that are big,” said Montealto in Cebuano.

He said 90 percent of these units are in Cebu servicing the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu where most of the big schools and universities are located.

The LTFRB 7 is targeting to modernize 4,000 PUJ units in the region, Montealto added.

At present, 2,000 units are running, while the modernization process for 100 others remain pending.

The Department of Education (DepEd) earlier announced that all schools nationwide will initiate limited face-to-face classes for the school year 2022-2023 this coming August 22 while full in-person classes is set for implementation on November this year.

The DepEd also ordered the full implementation of face-to-face classes five days per week by Nov. 2, 2022.(LMY)

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