By Glen S. Ramos
BAUANG, La Union — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) together with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Genesis Auto Corp. Hyundai Bus & Trucks, today turned over a total of 22 units of Modernized Public Utility Vehicles (MPUV) to La Union Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LUTRAMPCO) in a ceremony held at the LUTRAMPCO Grounds, Bacuit Norte, Bauang, La Union.

In line with the National Government’s goal of making the country’s public transportation system efficient and environmentally friendly, these MPUVs shall begin to operate serving commuters bound to the City of San Fernando to Naguilian, La Union, and vice versa.

LUTRAMPCO Chairperson Dr. Pio M. Soriano expressed his gratitude to the government agencies and the Provincial Government of La Union for their continued support of the public transportation cooperatives and for providing a steady source of livelihood for drivers while ensuring a reliable, efficient and safe means of transportation for the public through the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program.

In a message delivered by Executive Assistance IV Justo Orros III, responded that the MPUVs are vital in the province’s recovery from the effects of the pandemic.

“We are truly privileged here in La Union to have these PUVs as these are vital in our recovery from the effects of the pandemic. I strongly believe in the opportunities brought by the advancement of technology and this milestone would mean that we will be able to advance our game in economic recovery,” Gov. Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III said in a message.

The 22 units of 11-seater modernized jeepneys are just the first batch of the 35 units that will be deployed in La Union.

The MPUVs will be driven by members of LUTRAMPCO who are mostly jeepney, bus, and truck drivers.

The cooperative will be giving free rides to commuters during the first week of its operations.

Present during the launching and turning over of MPUVs were Dir. Ahmed G. Cuizon, Atty. Anabel A. Marzan-Nullar and Atty. Mark Anthony G. Espenilla of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Region 1; Dir. Teofilo E. Guadiz III of the Land Transportation Office Region 1; ARD Alberto A. Sabarias of the Cooperative Development Authority Region 1; Mr. Eugene M. Pabualan of the Office of Transportation Cooperative; Ms. Myra Myrtha M. Padolina of La Union Lending Center; and officers and members of LUTRAMPCO. (ai/mtvn)

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