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MANIFESTO OF SUPPORT FOR THE PUBLIC UTILITY VEHICLE
MODERNIZATION PROGRAM (PUVMP)

Following President Bong Bong Marcos’s announcement of a three-month extension of the consolidation phase of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program, Coop NATCCO Party-list (CNPL), together with the United Movement of the Philippines for the Advancement of Cooperativism (UCMP), and transport cooperative leaders nationwide convened for an urgent consultation last January 27, 2024.

During this gathering, CNPL, UCMP, and the participating transport cooperative leaders and supporters crafted a Manifesto of Support. The manifesto expresses the leaders’ support for the PUVMP while criticizing the adverse impact of the three-month extension and the lack of an institutionalized PUV modernization program for the consolidated transport cooperatives.

 

CNPL, PCC, and the Cooperative Transport Leaders’ Efforts for the Institutionalization of the PUVMP

PCC advocates for the institutionalization of the PUVMP to cultivate a fair, compassionate, and modernized transportation system for the nation. We stand in solidarity with our transport cooperative leaders.

Last November 25, 2023, the National Federation of Transport Cooperatives (NFTC), Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives (NSCC), COOP NATCCO Party-list (CNPL), and the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC)  held the 3rd National Transport Congress with the theme “Modernisasyon ng Pampublikong Transportasyon, Kooperatiba ang Tugon.” During the congress, a resolution calling for the institutionalization of the PUVMP was created and ratified by the transport leaders.

Subsequently, the United Transport Consolidated Entities of the Philippines, together with PCC and CNPL, gathered and marched towards Malacañang Palace last December 12, 2023, to show their support for the PUVMP and its much-needed institutionalization.

Initially, the President announced the finality of the consolidation deadline on December 31, 2023. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board had stated earlier that PUV drivers and operators not meeting the December 31 deadline would not lose their franchise immediately, as LTFRB still maintains a limited grace period. However, this decision was reversed following the extension announcement on January 25, 2024.

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