Plans to reinvent the iconic jeepney are getting a lift from the Department of Energy (DoE). The DoE is looking at launching “green” jeepneys to boost the earning capacities of drivers and operators, lower carbon emissions, and pave the way for a cleaner transport system in the country. After the House appropriations committee approved next year’s proposed P2.65-billion budget for the department, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Thursday that they were working on a program to launch e-jeepneys. As the cost of converting legacy jeepneys into electric ones is huge, the DoE is approaching different institutions including Asian Development Bank and World Bank for help in shouldering the expense. Jeepneys are a popular means of public transportation in the country, originally consisting of remodelled military vehicles left by US Armed Forces after World War II.
Source: Manila Times August 21, 2017 17:03 UTC