Stop & Go Transport Coalition’s prototype of a reconditioned and customized public utility jeepney (PUJ)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The group Stop & Go Transport Coalition presented on Tuesday, June 19, the first prototype of a reconditioned and customized public utility jeepney (PUJ) to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Thomas Orbos in the program “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon.”
The transport coalition claimed that such PUJ unit is affordable for drivers and is compliant with the required specifications of the agency in relations to the government’s modernization program.
The PUV unit was in response to the challenge of DOTr in February this year when Orbos asked coalition president Jun Magno to present a rehabilitated jeepney unit that still adheres to the standards set by DOTr and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI.)
After four months, the group was able to come up with a prototype of a rehabilitated jeepney that looks like a brand new unit. The ceiling is high which enables passengers to stand up and the door is placed on the side for safety as stated in the DOTr’s specifications.
Inside the Stop & Go Transport Coalition’s rehabilitated jeepney prototype
According to the transport group, the total cost of the customization is only P595,000. This is broken down to P450,000 for the reconditioning of the body and other accessories; P45,000 for the engine; and P100,000 for the chassis.
“Iyong makina iyon pa rin pero inayos naming. Ini-overhaul lahat iyong injection pump, everything. Reconditioned siya,” explained Magno.
Usec Orbos, meanwhile, commended the group and said the agency considers their efforts to rehabilitate the old jeepney units and save money to help ordinary jeepney drivers. However, Orbos said the unit should still undergo the product standardization procedure of the DTI and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR.)
“Idaan po natin sa talagang proseso dalhin natin sa DENR tignan natin iyong smoke emission. Ako po, payo ko nga maganda itong programa na ito tuloy tuloy na bantayan ito. Sayang naman kung hindi pupwede iyan,” Orbos said.
Usec. Orbos and program host Kuya Daniel Razon was able to experience riding the customized jeep and to scrutinize further the changes in the unit. Orbos asked the group to create another prototype with a new engine and chassis for a better chance of passing the standards. The group said the challenge on their part now is more fund.
Orbos and Kuya Daniel vowed to help the group.
“Para hindi masayang…Sa appearance nakita naman natin pumapasa. Pwede po natin silang tulungan…iyon na lang naming chasis at (makina,)” Orbos assured the group.
“Ganito, Tata Jun, ito naman ang ipapangako ko sayo para makatulong din naman ako sa inyo, Magbuo tayo noong isang buo na mapapatipid ninyo. Ako gagastos, Gagawin kong UNTV jeep, Papabiyahihin ko libreng sakay,” Kuya Daniel said.
After the program, the group went to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to present the customized unit which LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada appreciated.
“Masaya ako kasi at least na sila mismo humahanap at gumagawa ng paraan. Hindi lang puro reklamo. At least, sabay-sabay na naghahanap ng solusyon,” Lizada said.
The Stop & Go Transport Coalition will also present the prototype unit next to DTI, DENR and the Land Transportation Office (LTO.) – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo
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