DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista lauded the efforts of transport workers consolidating into cooperatives because they not only help in the success of modernizing public transportation but also brings socio-economic and cultural benefits to member-operators and drivers.
The remarks were made by Bautista during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC).
The DOTr chief said it continues to pursue the consolidation of operators and drivers into transport cooperatives to ensure the success of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), while citing its benefits as he urges OTC members to attest to the advantages of joining cooperatives.
“Kabilang sa benepisyong dulot ng PUVMP ang kaligtasan ng mga pasahero, ang episyenteng operasyon at dagdag na kabuhayan dahil mawawala na ang boundary system,” Bautista said in his message delivered by PAGUNOVA Transport Service and Multi-Purpose Cooperative representative Lenard Bautista.
The transport chief said the living status of public utility vehicle (PUV) operators and drivers have improved with the help of the program.
“Batid kong hangad ninyo lamang ay maayos na hanapbuhay para sa inyong pamilya. Hangad naman namin ay maayos na paglalakbay ng inyong pasahero. Kayat dapat ay nagtutulungan tayo,” Bautista’s message continued.
At present, around 70 percent of PUV operators and drivers are now consolidated in over 1,700 transport cooperatives nationwide. Under the PUVMP, operators and drivers must organize into a cooperative or corporation to establish larger fleets of PUVs.
The DOTr, with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), has extended the deadline of consolidation until December 31, 2023.