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E-Jeepneys improving air quality in Makati

July 18, 2007

Jeepney drivers in Makati (Philippines) are in full support of a current pilot program to test run electric jeepneys as they are reducing health risks from harmful emissions.

Drivers are also in support as the electric vehicles could potentially increase their income.  At present, a substantial portion of a driver’s daily earnings go to gasoline alone.  Since the e-jeepneys run purely on electricity, jeepney drivers will no longer be burdened by the high price of gasoline.

Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay is optimistic that the electric jeepneys will address the issues of air pollution and waste management, as well as result in higher incomes for the city’s jeepney drivers.  “This project addresses two concerns of cities:  air pollution and waste management.  But we must also ensure that the electric jeepneys would result in higher income for our jeepney drivers,” he said.

Mayor Binay went on to say that, “We are starting this project in Makati, and we hope that we can introduce the electric jeepneys in other cities worldwide.  If we can achieve our goal of cleaner air in Makati, I believe we can also do it in other parts of the country.”

The trial period will end in October 2007.

Private and commercial vehicles are a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.  Reducing vehicle use and using alternative forms of transportation and alternative fuels are some approaches to reducing these vehicular emissions.  For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Makati is one of 26 local governments in the Philippines that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the Southeast Asia Region, please visit www.iclei.org/seasia.

Source:  “Makati jeepney drivers express support for e-jeepneys”, City of Makati News Release, 9 July 2007.