MUNTINLUPA CITY has clinched the title “E-jeepney Capital of the Philippines,” having the most number of e-jeepneys in a city, the environment-friendly transport the local government and the private sector are promoting.
Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi launched over the weekend a pioneering EJeepney for Free or EJF program exclusively for the city’s yellow cardholders. The local government uses a special card reader that swipes the card and keeps track of the yellow cardholders who use the free green public transport system. If the passenger is not a yellow cardholder, all he has to do is sign a logbook and the ride is free.
The city is fast shaping up as the greenest city in the country, its reputation built around its advocacy to deploy electric jeepneys in various sites in the city. It has the most number of EJeepneys running in one city.
“It truly is a remarkable effort by the local government in introducing green transport to more commuters and gaining acceptance for them. Their operations template is definitely something worth emulating by other LGUs in other parts of the country,” said Rommel Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines.
At the Barangay Hall in Muntinlupa are 10 yellow EJeepneys parked on their respective charging bays in a charging station. Just right across the Barangay Hall inside the South Star Jeepney Terminal, there are two Jeepney slots allotted specifically for EJeepneys. Two additional EJeepneys are fielded inside the plush Ayala Alabang Village.