One of the key exhibitors in the recently-concluded first Philippine Auto Parts Expo (PhilAPEX) was Centro Manufacturing Corporation (CMC). In the said event, Centro showcased 7 of the 16 examples of the modern jeepney or otherwise known as the eco Public Utility Vehicle (Eco PUV).
As an idea, CMC has been in the business since 1996. It focuses its operation in manufacturing quality aluminum vans and passenger van bodies. It’s been partners with Isuzu Philippines Corporation since 1999 to build the Japanese automaker’s passenger vans and pickup bodies for the local market and police force.
Currently, CMC is championing the modernization of the country’s iconic jeepney PUV. This stride to make the jeepney keep up with the times is the brainchild of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), seeing the need for the historic PUV to be safer, more convenient, and more environmentally-friendly (hence the Eco PUV moniker).
CMC’s display consisted of 5 Eco PUV units and 2 of the country’s only purely-electric Eco PUVs. All these were built to comply with the new Bureau of Philippine Standards PNS 2126:2017 (Phil. National Standards No. 2126 Series of 2017).
To make it simple, the PNS 2126:2017 is a set of standardize measurements of the modern jeepney body and structure. These dimensions serve to make the modern jeepney safer, cleaner, and more convenient for the commuters, especially the elderly, preagnant, and persons with disabilities (PWDs).