CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Feb. 28 (PIA) - An initial six units of Class 3 - type modernized jeepneys were recently launched by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) - 2 in Cauayan City.
The six modernized jeepneys will operate the route from Cauayan City to the City of Ilagan as Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) to be operated by the Ilagan Public Utility Transport Cooperative(IPUTC).
LTFRB - 2 Director Edward Cabase said the government is sincere in its drive to make the public comfortable using modernized jeepneys which are equipped with Close-Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV's), airconditioning system, Global Positioning System (GPS), comfortable seats and cashless transaction.
He said there were already previously launched modernized jeepneys in Isabela plying the Santiago City to Jones, Isabela route which are operated by the First Isabela Vans and Bus Transport Cooperative (FVBTC) .
"We appreciate the transport cooperatives in Isabela for embracing the jeepney modernization program of the government," Cabase said.
Isaias Baysa, chairman of the IPUTC said the 25-seater modernized jeepneys fare will be higher by P2 pesos from the regular fare of old jeepneys, making it affordable and comfortable for the riding public.
He said the drivers who will run the modernized jeepneys are salary-based and enrolled with PhilHealth, Social Security System (SSS) and Pag-Ibig.# (MDCT/BME/MGE/PIA 2-Isabela)