Commuting in the Philippines is crazy. The temperature is high so walking a short distance will require you an umbrella, a large fan, and cold water. Taxi fares have gone off the roof and so is the price for basic cars. What can a regular person do to get to the destination without fighting for his life?
Jeepneys are a necessity and have been a staple in our roads as the main means of transportation in the country. It costs commuters almost nothing in terms of fare price (currently minimum of 8 pesos), but the danger of riding old, rustic (literally), and the unsafe ride cannot be denied.
Our jeeps will always remain as a Philippine icon but that does not mean that we do not welcome change. For the betterment of the country and for the people’s well-being, the government has provided us with a better transportation option that we can be proud of. The modern jeeps are airconditioned, comfortable, and safe with security cameras.
I understand that many still want the old ones but how can we say no to this?
The jeepneys that rule our streets are scraps of army jeeps from World War II. Can you imagine how old our jeeps are? Although most of them are still functional, is functionality better than efficiency, comfort, and safety for the people on the road?
The modern PUVs look like mini buses (like BEEP) which can fit up to 23 people or more. Like in the bus or train, passengers are allowed to stand inside to fit more people, for as long as they can support themselves. This is better than clinging onto a single bar with half of your body exposed in the streets, right?
Among its best features are:
- Environmental friendly engine
- Speed limiter
- Dashboard camera
- An automatic Fare Collection System
It will be hard for drivers to acquire their own PUV because single-proprietorship operators will not be allowed to franchise, only those who belong to a corporation or cooperative. Old PUVs will soon be phased out and these brand new and modern jeepneys will begin to grace our streets; encouraging an organized, more clean, and a lot safer means of transportation for all Filipinos.