MANILA, Philippines — The government is still conducting route rationalization studies as part of its plan to upgrade public transportation, officials told a House panel on Thursday.
Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark De Leon said that these studies, and efforts on the local government level outside urban centers, will need to be completed before the actual replacement and modernization of older public utility vehicles can happen.
“What we have now is we have oversupply in some portions, an oversupply of units,” he said in a hearing of the House Committee on Transportation. Meanwhile, he said, public transportation is practically inaccessible in some parts of the country.
He said that route rationalization — including determining which modes of transport are needed for particular routes — is “primordial” to modernization, a point that Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Martin Delgra agreed with.
“I would like to affirm absolutely that route rationalization precedes any modernization program,” the LTFRB chief said.
De Leon said studies are already underway in Metro Manila in cooperation with experts from UP Diliman. Studies in Cebu are being done in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and in Davao with the Asian Development Bank.