Am a car owner who also happens to be a big fan of commuting, specifically using overhead LRT/MRT trains to reach North to South of Manila, and vice versa, in a jiffy. I find jeepneys obtrusive and a nuisance, although I could tolerate the airconditioned ones in Makati and the environment-friendly e-jeepneys, which I have written about in this blog a number of times already.
Now comes the latest news from Greenpeace: the transportation department has officially classified e-jeepneys as public vehicles and will now be allowed to operate in major thoroughfares.
Green Renewable Independent Power Producer, which is working with Greenpeace in the e-jeepney project welcomed the move,” especially at a time when skyrocketing diesel and fossil fuel prices have considerably decreased the income of jeepney drivers.”
“The DOTCâ€™s go-signal also means that we can now proceed with scaling up E-Jeepney fleets in various host cities, giving the Philippines the opportunity to leapfrog into climate-friendly
sustainable transport,” said GRIPP Chairperson Athena Ballesteros.
Here’s the Greenpeace backgrounder on -ejeeps:
” The E-Jeepneys were launched last July 4, 2007 in Makati City, as part
of a larger initiative called the Climate Friendly Cities Project. The
project demonstrates how cities can help mitigate the problem of climate
change through implementing measures that would avoid the use of climate
change-inducing fossil fuels. Through the project, a fleet of
electric-powered jeepneys will derive energy from biodegradable wastes
from the cityâ€™s wet markets, food establishments and households, thereby
helping mitigate climate change even as it addresses urban problems such
as air pollution and solid waste, while providing enhanced incomes to
the jeepney drivers. The project is sponsored in part by the Dutch Doen
Foundation and is currently supported by Makati, Baguio and Puerto
Greenpeace and GRIPP are now calling on the national
government to institute large-scale climate change solutions such as
phasing out coal-fired power plants, and the immediate passage of a
strong renewable energy legislation.
What say you Mayor Fred Lim, Mayor Nene Aguilar, Mayor Marides Fernando and the rest of ’em high-performing metro mayors?!
This blog supports environment-friendly initiatives…just don’t let me go vegetarian soon 😛