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Why PUV modernization can't get over the hump

Nearly six years since the program started, the public utility vehicle modernization remains hounded by challenges.

Started in 2017, the program aims to replace the jeepneys with vehicles that have at least a Euro 4-compliant engine to lessen pollution.

According to Joseph Morong's special report on "24 Oras," in the past six years, the deadline has been extended five times due to the opposition of several drivers and operators. 

They complain about the costly price of modernization as unit can go as high as over P2 million.

According to a Political Science professor,  the program appears far from the "pulse of jeepney drivers."

“Everything is personal to the Filipino, lalo na nagpakain sa mga kanyang pamilya ay yung jeep na binili niya, pinaghirapan nya, tapos isusurrender mo ang ownership,” said Dr. Grace Jamon, convenor of Move Metro Manila.

Watch the special report to find out more about the PUV modernization program.—Sherylin Untalan/LDF, GMA Integrated News