Isuzu PH turns over 28 units of NLR PUVs in Oriental Mindoro

Updated Sep 27, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The automaker is moving one step closer to a more sustainable future.

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) is strengthening the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVMP) in Region IV-B with the turnover of 28 NLR PUV units to Victoria Operators Drivers and Commuters Transport Cooperative (VODACTCO).

Isuzu NLR PUVs Oriental Mindoro

The new Isuzu NLR PUVs at the Isuzu Calapan dealership

Present at the turnover ceremony were key officials from the two concerned parties including IPC President Mr. Noboru Murakami and VODACTCO General Manager Gaudencio Callo. The new Isuzu modern PUV units will be used as the main transportation of Mindoñeros from Calapan City to Victoria, Oriental Mindoro.

“We are happy and proud to be part of your progress and development in terms of transportation. Being the number 1 truck brand in the Philippines for 22 consecutive years, Isuzu’s goal has always been about providing transport solutions to the people,” said Murakami.

Isuzu NLR PUVs Oriental Mindoro

The brand advances the PUVMP in Oriental Mindoro

While the specific configurations weren’t mentioned, the Isuzu NLR PUV is capable of seating 21 to 24 passengers including the driver. Depending on VODACTCO’s preferences, the vehicles can be equipped with a CCTV with front and rear cameras, PWD seats, handles and grips, a stereo, and a fire extinguisher.

Under the hood is a 3.0-liter 4JH1-TC turbodiesel engine good for 105 horsepower and 230 Nm of torque. Drivers will have to work on moving Mindoñeros using a 5-speed manual transmission. VODACTCO mentioned that the brand’s fuel efficiency is one of the factors why they considered NLR PUVs, a characteristic that was recently proven and tested by Isuzu D-Max, mu-X, and Traviz.

“To comply [with] the PUV modernization program of LTFRB, we made sure that the replacement of our old traditional jeepneys are durable and fuel-efficient vehicles because this is a big investment for our cooperative members,” said VODACTCO General Manager Gaudencio Callo.

Isuzu NLR PUVs Oriental Mindoro

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Like any other modern PUVs, the turned-over Isuzu NLR units promise safer, more comfortable, and more sustainable mobility solutions. These will benefit not only the people residing in the region but also the environment, a campaign that IPC is championing under its “Road to Progress” vision.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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