Isuzu turns over initial batch of modernized PUVs to Senate

Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program Isuzu QKR77

Isuzu Philippines Corp., led by its President Hajime Koso, turned over today the initial 15 modernized jeepneys to be used for the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).

In a formal turnover ceremony held in front of the Senate building in Pasay City, Isuzu Philippines Corporation President Mr. Hajime Koso, Isuzu Gencars, Inc. Chariman & CEO Mr. Edgard Cabangon, and Almazora Motors Corporation Executive Vice Pesident Mr. Conrad Almazora presented the preliminary 15 units. Present during the turn over are Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, DOTr Usec. Thomas Orbos, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III, Senate Secretariat officials, SETSCO officials, key government officials and executives from the private sector.

The occasion also signified the beginning of the PUVMP, with the Senate Employees Transport Service Cooperative (SETSCO) as the pilot operator. SETSCO has been run by Senate employees since 2004 and now has joint ownership of 35 franchises granted by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The modernized PUVs were assembled using the Isuzu QKR77 platform with the rear body designed and manufactured by Almazora Motors Corp. These air-conditioned Class 2 PUVs come with a side-facing seat configuration. The Isuzu QKR platform is assembled in the Philippines and is equipped with Euro IV-compliant 4JH1-TC Diesel Engine that delivers excellent fuel economy.

The new PUV body is compliant with Philippine National Standards (PNS 2126:2017). The passenger cabin floor-to-ceiling height and gangway width are 1,780mm and 830mm, respectively, providing more space for passengers to move. The passenger door is safely situated on the right-hand side, facing the sidewalk.

Other design features include panoramic windows and windshields, full-body insulation with GeneQ shield, automatic door closer, and provisions for persons with disabilities.

Completing the modernized look and features of the new PUVs are the LED TV monitors for real-time information including station details, route, date, time, weather, news, and advertisement, LED electronic signages for vehicle route information, fire extinguishers, CCTV, dashcam and back-up cameras, and the automatic fare collection.

The new PUVs warranty coverages for cab and chassis is 3 years or 150,000 km, whichever comes first and separate warranty for body, air-conditioning, and accessories.

The PUV Modernization Program is envisioned to replace some 250,000 jeepneys nationwide with new, safe and environment-friendly, secured, convenient and comfortable public utility vehicles.