PORAC Mayor Condralito dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David met on Monday, January 8, more than 15 leaders of the different jeepney transport groups to address issues and concerns regarding the local transport industry.
Chief of those discussed was the government’s jeepney modernization program that will affect 270,000 jeepneys nationwide, as well as recent developments in the opening of new service routes that would mean additional franchise for local jeepney owners and operators.
David assured leaders that their concerns in the modernization program will be forwarded to proper authorities through their mediation.
Under the Department of Transportation (DOTr)’s jeepney modernization program, jeepneys aged 15 years and older should be replaced with Euro 4 engines or electrically-powered engines with solar panels for roofs.
The modern jeepney should also be equipped with safety features such as a speed limiter, closed-circuit television camera (CCTV), GPS, and dashboard camera. It will also be outfitted with an automated fare collection system.
It was a concern of the transport leaders on how to acquire units without breaking the bank as most of their members do not have the capacity purchase modern units.
Dela Cruz also said that the Ayala Land development in the town is planning to open a transport terminal that will open public utility routes in Subic, City of San Fernando, Angeles City and Clark Freeport.
“These positive developments mean new opportunities for our public utility sector,” Dela Cruz added.
It could be remembered that Ayala Land Incorporated (ALI) has earmarked P90 billion for Alviera, a 1,100-hectare large-scale mixed-use property development in Porac.
A joint venture of ALI and Leonio Land Holdings, Alviera will be built over its life that will include the development of industrial park, a country club, three residential communities and two academic institutions.
Ayala Land will build the Alviera Industrial Park to drive economic activity in Central Luzon. The industrial park is seen to complement the industrial hubs in Clark and Subic targeting companies in light to medium, non-polluting enterprises.