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Watch: Stakeholders discuss PH’s transportation modernization program 

On 25 October 2021, the Task Force Nation-Building, University of the Philippines Diliman, the U.P. National Center for Transportation Studies, the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, and DZUP organized a webinar, “Public Transportation under the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the Philippines: Updates, Issues and Challenges.”


About the Webinar

Conducted under the “#PILIpiLUNAS2022: Pagbangon at Pagsulong sa Magandang Buhay at Bukas” webinar series, the webinar seeks to:

    • Examine the current challenges in public transportation;
    • Discuss updates in the implementation of PUVMP;
    • Reviews the issues and challenges in its implementation;
    • Discuss the measures in improving public transport services at the local level;
    • Discuss alternative vehicle fuels and energy efficiency in road transport; and
    • Discuss the needed policy reforms to achieve the set objectives of the PUVMP program.

The webinar was moderated by Dr. Jose Regin Regidor, Professor at the UP Institute of Civil Engineering.

Speakers and Affiliations

    • Dr. Cresencio Montalbo, Jr.
      • Professor at the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP-SURP)
    • Dr. Noriel Tigalo
      • Associate Professor at the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG)
    • Dr. Edwin Quiros
      • Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman
    • EnP. Jomier Pontawe
      • Licensed environmental planner (EnP) at the Department of Transportation
    • Engr. Riza Marie Tan-Paches, EnP
      • Licensed engineer and environmental planner, Public Safety Office of General Santos City
    • Ms. Juliet De Jesus
      • Managing Director, Samahan ng Transport Operators ng Pilipinas (STOP)
    • Mr. Yuri Sarmiento
      • President and CEO of Electric Vehicle Expansion Enterprises, Inc
    • Mr. Robert “Robie” Siy
      • Co-convenor of Move as One Coalition
    • Dr. Ricardo Sigua
      • Director of the UP National Center for Transportation Studies (UP-NCTS)

About Task-Force of Nation-Building and UP CIDS

As DZUP put it, the Task Force on Nation-Building was established last year (2021) to organize the #PILIpiLUNAS2022 webinar series that focused on the UPD academic community’s research in order to draw up evidence-based policy recommendations as the country transitions to the “next normal” under a new administration.” Apart from various webinars, it also published its “Governance Agenda for a Sustainable, Inclusive and Innovation-Driven National Development” (free download) in April 2022. The Task Force was headed by Professor Antoinette Raquiza of the UP Asian Center and Convenor of the Political Economy Program of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS)

The UP CIDS is the policy research unit of the UP System that aims to address problems of national significance through an integrative and collaborative approach in the conduct of studies on various aspects of public policy. With the Center’s twelve research Programs, UP CIDS publishes policy briefs, discussion papers, monographs, conference proceedings, and a journal, all of which are available for free downloads. These include the discussion paper, “Addressing the “blind side” of the government’s jeepney “modernization” program.”