Story and photos by Randy S. Peregrino
LEADING distributors and manufacturers of trucks and buses in the country finally started rolling out their respective versions of the modern public-utility vehicles (PUV) for several transport service providers.
Recently, it was Hino Motors Philippines’s (HMP) opportunity to turn over a total of 416 modern jeepney units to two different transport cooperatives from Taguig City, Pateros and Fort Bonifacio. 137 units were handed to the Taguig-Pateros-Fort Bonifacio Transport Service and Multipurpose Cooperative (TSMC), while the Taguig Transport Service Cooperative (TSC) received 279 units.
Present during the ceremony were Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Director of Transport Terdy Taguinod, OTC Chairman Emmanuel Virtucio, Taguig City Mayor Maria Laarni Lopez Cayetano, Pateros-Fort Bonifacio TSMC Chairman Nonito Sinamban, Taguig TSC Chairman Freddie Hernandez, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board NCR Regional Director Atty. Zona Russel Tamayo, HMP President Hiroshi Aoki and HMP Chairman Vicente Mills Jr.
“Hino is honored to be one of the pioneer suppliers of modern jeepneys to the cooperatives selected to kick off the PUV Modernization Program [PUVMP]. We strongly believe that our quality products can make commuting safer and more efficient for Filipinos. We are looking forward to partnering with other transport groups as we move forward with our goal of a more sustainable transportation system for the Philippines,” said Mills.
The event manifested the manufacturer’s capacity to meet the government’s requirement for its PUVMP to provide sustainable modern Euro 4-powered jeepneys. While upholding the spirit of ”Arangkada sa Pagbabago,” a theme established by the DOTr, LTFRB and the Office of Transportation Cooperatives. HMP also works closely with various stakeholders to expedite the innovation of transport system in the country. The Hino modern jeepney offers new and more efficient engine compliant to eco-friendly emission standards.
HMP utilized the air-conditioned Class II Hino jeepney. This modern PUV is based on the Hino 300 series—the same platform being utilized for Hino refrigerated van, cargo crane, cab and chassis, and mini buses. It is powered by Euro 4-compliant 4.0-liter, inline four-cylinder, overhead valve, direct injection type and electronic control common rail type diesel engine. It generates 134 horsepower and 390 N-m of maximum torque coupled to a five-speed synchromesh with overdrive manual transmission.
This Class II Hino jeepney can accommodate 23 passengers protected with seatbelts, including perimeter seats. Since it’s a modern-day public transport, advanced features such Beep Card payment system, GPS, CCTV and dash cam also came in standard. Further, each unit is fitted with a speed limiter system to further ensure the safety of the passengers.
The Pateros-Fort Bonifacio TSMC and Taguig TSC are among the three preselected cooperatives to pioneer the PUVMP in offering innovative transport solution to the public. These cooperatives were selected by the OTC based on their good standing, financial capability and established management structure. Soon, more than 400 units of Hino modern jeepneys will traverse the approved routes of Gate III (Fort Bonifacio) to Guadalupe Market and Bagumbayan, Taguig to Pasig.