Marcos moves PUV consolidation deadline to April 30, 2024 | Inquirer News

Marcos moves PUV consolidation deadline to April 30, 2024

By: - Reporter / @luisacabatoINQ
/ 06:41 PM January 24, 2024


MANILA, Philippines — The deadline for the consolidation of public utility vehicles (PUV), which lapsed on December 31, 2023 has been extended to April 30, 2024, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) confirmed on Wednesday.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has approved Transport Secretary Jaime J. Bautista’s recommendation, granting an additional three months until April 30, 2024 for the consolidation of public utility vehicles,” PCO said in a Viber message sent to reporters.


“This extension is to give an opportunity to those who expressed intention to consolidate but did not make the previous cut-off,” it added.


The consolidation of PUV drivers and operators into one cooperative or corporation is the first step in the government’s PUV modernization program.


 The announcement contradicts Marcos’ earlier stance that there would be no extension for the consolidation period.

“Adhering to the current timeline ensures that everyone can reap the benefits of the full operationalization of our modernized public transport system. Hence, the scheduled timeline will not be moved,” the President said on social media platform “X” on December 12.

Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, through memorandum circular 2023-052 signed last year, granted unconsolidated PUV drivers and operators the right to operate  until January 31, 2024, in a bid not to disrupt public transportation operations.


“During this period, Show Cause Orders (SCO) shall be issued by the Board and its Regional Franchising Regulatory Offices (RFROs) to the unconsolidated individual operators in compliance with the provisions of the Public Service Act,” the memo read.

This notice further fueled protests from various transport groups, particularly Manibela and Piston, calling for the abolition of mandatory consolidation for PUV drivers and operators.

The groups cited job displacements and an alleged impending monopoly on public transportation.

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