Where’s training—a critical element in PUV modernization?
With the current challenges in our transport system, I have high hopes that the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program will address majority of the problems faced by Filipinos, and that it will offer the public an easier and safer way to commute in the years ahead.
Modernization is not bad at all, and this kind of progress must be embraced. I am very positive that it will be a great opportunity to truly transform our public transport system. But I fear that it will fail if the government only focuses on the vehicles and not on the people who will be affected and will be involved in implementing the program.
Most of the articles and even sentiments I have read and heard have been focused on the newly configured buses, vans and jeepneys, as well as on fleet management system, environment effects, passenger convenience and income of drivers. But I have yet to hear plans on providing training for people who will be implementing the program. Execution is very crucial in ensuring the success of the modernization program.