Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official Philippine distributor of Hyundai commercial vehicles’ (CV) showcased its full lineup of Hyundai Modern Jeepneys—the H-100 Class 1, the HD50S Class 2, and the debuting HD50S Class 3 at Negoshow Oro, HARI CV’s opening salvo for 2020.
The power trio makes HARI the first player of the national PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) to complete its lineup of Modern Jeepney offerings. To date, HARI has penned over 2000 unit orders of its Modern Jeepney line with various transport groups across the country. At Negoshow Oro, 16 more transport cooperatives signed MOUs with HTB Calamba for 1,708 units of the Modern Jeepney Class 2 and 570 units of the Modern Jeepney Class 3 or a total of 2,278 units.
The two-day Negoshow Oro Mobility Expo, held at Hyundai Trucks and Buses (HTB) Calamba. HTB Calamba is under the umbrella of the Areza Group of Companies which celebrates its 30th year of operations.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Atty. Mark Steven Pastor graced the event. In his keynote speech, he outlined the socio-economic and environmental benefits of PUVMP and commended the various stakeholders from the private sector who have thrown their solid support for the nationwide implementation of the program:
“Ang inyo pong papel na gagampanan ay mahalaga at kritikal. Lalo na kayong mga car manufacturers at dealers, sapagkat sa inyo nakasalalay ang pagsunod sa kalidad ng bawat sasakyang ilulunsad natin sa ilalim ng programa. Dahil sa inyong suporta, hindi lamang tsuper ang natutulungan, nabibigyan din ng dagdag trabaho ang ating ibang kababayan.”
Asec Pastor, who also graced the turnover of another batch of Hyundai Modern Jeepneys in General Santos earlier this year, reported that since the PUVMP was launched, there are now 562 PUVMP-authorized routes to be plied by 15,650 authorized units. Of the said units, 4,120 are operational. He also noted that 1,030 transport cooperatives that count a total of 104,000 members are already accredited by the Office of the Transportation Cooperatives (OTC).
Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez likewise sent his well wishes to HARI and HTB Calamba: “With this expo, I am confident that PUVMP’s objective to make our public transportation system efficient and environment-friendly will be realized. Naniniwala ako na ang teknolohiya at modernization ay magbubukas ng maraming oportunidad para sa ating bansa at mamamayan.”
For her part, HARI President and CEO Maria Fe Perez-Agudo was bullish about the impact of Negoshow Oro on CALABARZON business. “It is fitting that Calamba City, the richest city in CALABARZON, be the first stop of Hyundai’s mobility expos for 2020. Negoshow Oro is a golden opportunity to raise the banner for Hyundai CV as the Partner in Every Way of Region 4-A…. At nais kong iparating sa DoTr Secretary na tuloy tuloy ang pagsuporta ng Hyundai na maging matagumpay ang PUV modernization program… Negoshow Oro is just a start of great things to come for Hyundai in CALABARZON. Malayo at malawak pa ang maari natin abutin!”
On a different note, Ms. Agudo urged the audience to stand together as a community to assist the communities that were devastated by the eruption of Taal Volcano. Negoshow Oro ended Day 1 with a raffle draw, the proceeds of which were to be donated to the rescue and rehabilitation of Batangas’ province displaced communities.
Calamba, the hometown of National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, was officially declared a city in 2001. Today, it is a first-class, highly-industrialized hub for manufacturing, food processing and semi-conductor firms.
HARI envisions Hyundai trucks and buses to be at the forefront of moving and connecting people and resources across islands and regions, driving businesses forward regardless of size and scale.
Negoshow Oro came right at the heels of Hyundai’s back-to-back Passenger Car dealership launches in Angeles City, Pampanga and Baguio City, making for a strong start for Hyundai at both the CV and PC fronts.