REAL estate developer Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc. supports initiatives for a cleaner environment through its eco-friendly transportation service.
Vista Land of the Villar Group recently rolled out two electric jeepneys in Vista City, its development along C5 Road extension in Taguig City.
The e-jeeps were launched by Metro Express Connect Inc. (MECI), a subsidiary of Vista Land, during the 10th Las Pinas Parol Festival.
Rommel Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), said Vista Land is the latest real estate development to introduce green transport in the Philippines.
“We are very happy that a large company like the Vista Land group of the Villars [is]now supporting electric vehicles to be used in their real estate developments. This goes to show that electric vehicles are now moving into the mainstream of our mass transport system,” he said.
MECI launched two electric jeepneys that will serve the C5 Extension Road or Quirino Avenue and Pulanglupa to Sucat Road route and vice versa.
The route covers four kilometers round trip and is perfect for the e-jeepneys. The e-jeepneys were made by Philippine Utility Vehicle Inc. (PHUV), the pioneer local EV manufacturer in the country.
The company has also supplied other e-jeepney fleets in Makati, Alabang, Muntinlupa and Quezon City.
“I am very glad that preserving the green environment was part of the master plan for the development of Vista City,” said Juan.
For her part, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Vista Land chairman, said electric vehicles are very beneficial to use in residential and commercial developments because they are environment-friendly, clean, not smoke-belching and are quiet, thus their decision to use e-jeepneys .
She said Vista Land’s decision boosted the electric vehicle (EV) industry.
“To have a large real estate company such as the Vista Group join the EV bandwagon is a big boost for the local EV industry,” she said.
At the same time, Juan also expressed hope that other major real estate developers will soon follow suit “so that our country may enjoy a cleaner and healthier public transport option.”
Vista Land’s Vista City is being built along a busy thoroughfare—the C5 Road extension. It is a master planned community that is rising from what used to be green, virgin raw land.
Vista City includes a BPO building, a function hall, a theater, the headquarters of the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar Sipag) and a sprawling commercial center.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO