Does Iloilo City need more jeepneys, taxis?

Diversion Road, Mandurriao district, Iloilo City (Photo by IMT News/Reymar Latoza)

The Iloilo City Government is positive that it will finish its Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) by February next year.

LPTRP, under a joint memorandum circular signed by the Department of Transportion (DOTr) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), is a requirement for the issuance of public utility vehicle (PUV) franchises.

The transport route plan contains the “route network, mode, and required number of units per mode for delivering public land transport services.”

According to Jeck Conlu, head of the city government’s Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO), it takes a lot of time and effort to come up with the plan.

Tama ini ka trabahoso kay tungod damo kita dapat i-consider nga factors unlike sa mga gagmay nga municipalities medyo dasig lang,” he said.

Ang pinakachallenging gid sa amon ang data gathering. Dira kami nagaka-delay pero I am hopeful nga matapos na namon ina by February 2019″ Conlu added.

The PSTMO head said the plan, once completed, would help address transport woes in the city.

Diri makita kon pila ka ruta ang dugangan, buhinan. Kinahanglan bala naton magdugang taxi kag jeep ukon indi na. Kag kon ang mga traysikol naton diin naton ibutang.”

The mandatory submission of LPTRP is part of the DOTr’s PUV Modernization Program, which “envisions a restructured, modern, well-managed and environmentally sustainable transport sector where drivers and operators have stable, sufficient and dignified livelihoods while commuters get to their destinations quickly, safely and comfortably.”IMT