THE Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) may be institutionalized through legislation in the future.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Davao (LTFRB-Davao) regional director Nonito Llanos III said the new LTFRB board will be pushing for the legislation of the PUVMP to make transport modernization an established program in the country.

"This program was created through a department order of the Department of Transportation but then with the new board and the administration that we have, there is already a plan to institutionalize it,” Llanos said during an interview with the media on Tuesday.

He added that it would be the lawmakers who will pass the bill in Congress in line with the legislation of the PUVMP.

Meanwhile, Davao Region has 43 modernized units under PUVMP, based on the data presented by LTFRB-Davao on November 29.

Of the 43 modernized units, 32 are public utility buses (PUB) and 11 are a mix of public utility jeepneys (PUJ) that are either Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3.

These modernized units comply with the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) which provides the rules and strategies for issuing public transportation franchises.

Last June, the province of Davao del Sur was the first in the region to launch a maiden fleet of modernized PUJs under the program that will ply the routes within the province and in Digos City.

Llanos said four routes in Digos City would have 15 units plying it once the respective transport cooperatives complied with all the requirements.

"They have units already. Kung naa na ang requirements, mudagan na sila sa Digos (If the requirements will be complete, they can operate in Digos City),” Llanos said. ICM