Issue of February 4, 2018
Mt. Province

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‘New transport system to help bring back pine scent’
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

Look at the bright side.

Even with mounting protests against the public transportation modernization program, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the plan has more gains than the setbacks complained about by some sectors.

With less fumes emitted usually by outdated vehicles, Roque said Baguio will greatly benefit from the PUV modernization system.

“So we can smell the scent of pine again; hindi amoy diesel,” Roque said, referring to the common observation of Baguio residents, expatriates, and tourists that the City of Pines has lost the scent of pine because of fumes.

Baguio is one of the four cities in the Philippines targeted as pilot sites for the test run of vehicles with engines that are Euro 4 compliant.

Citing lack of support from the government, the transport sector is protesting the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board’s implementation of the replacement of 15-year old jeepneys. Around 180,000 jeepneys nationwide will be replaced with the modernization program, according to the LTFRB.

Roque, who recently acquired a property in Baguio, reiterated that the PUV modernization program will improve the country’s transportation system. Last year, the Department of Transportation exhibited prototypes of the modern jeepney, which are equipped with a dashboard camera, global positioning system, and a closed circuit television camera. It also has a 22-passenger seating capacity, and is PWD-friendly.

Meanwhile, Roque also said there should be more flowers at roadsides going to and within Baguio. He said since Baguio is host to the annual Flower Festival, there should be more flowers that can be seen in and around the city.

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Technical Education & Skills Development Authority – CAR
University of Baguio

Baguio Central University
Baguio Country Club
Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Department of Health – CAR
John Hay Management Corporation
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
New Media Services
Pag–IBIG Fund
Pines City Colleges
Sangguniang Panlungsod

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Water District
Choobi Choobi
Congressman Mark O. Go
Councilor Leandro B. Yangot Jr.
Curamed Pharmacy
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Public Works and Highways – CAR
Department of Science and Technology
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Far East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc.
Ganza & Solibao Restaurants
Gen. Benjie B. Magalong
GMS Technology
Governor Crescencio C. Pacalso
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
Mother Earth Deli Basket
Nagomi Spa
Narda’s / Sunflower Ridge
Northern Luzon School for the Visually Impaired, Inc.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Montessori, Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Police Regional Office – CAR
Regional Development Council – CAR and National Economic and Development Authority – CAR
Regional Tripartate Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
SN Aboitiz
Tony Boy Tabora
Veterans Bank
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