Philippines - The wait is over for E-Jeepneys
Makati City, Philippines - The long wait is over for franchise holders of electric jeepneys or e-jeepneys. Touted as a revolution to the Philippines' most recognizable icon, these electric-run public utility vehicles will finally be registered at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) with a recognizable orange alphanumeric plate.
Introduced in the country in 2007, the e-jeepney is the first public transport system of its kind in Southeast Asia, according to Greenpeace.
According to Greenpeace.org, the Electric Jeepneys are part of an innovative project led by GRIPP which intends to steer clear of the use of fossil fuels to help mitigate climate change, even as it addresses urban problems such as air pollution and solid waste.
"The Electric Jeepneys demonstrate how cities can help mitigate the problem of climate change," Greenpeace Southeast Asia Campaigns Director, Von Hernandez said. "Given the urgency of the need to address this global threat, it is encouraging to see pioneering cities like Makati take the initiative in implementing measures that would avoid the use of climate change-inducing fossil fuels."
The e-jeepney franchise will roll off with a ceremony at the Land Transportation Office at East Avenue, Quezon City tomorrow, July 31.