MAKATI CITY, 8 Oct. (PIA) – The City Governmnet of Makati has partnered
with the private sector and transport groups in order to lessen air
pollution and carbon emissions in the city.
The city hopes to promote cleaner air through the use of cloud technology
and electric-powered or environment-friendly vehicles via partnership with
Global Mobility Service Philippines Inc. (GMS) and Tricycle Operator Driver
Associations of Makati City (TODA-Makati).
Makati Acting Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña said through the partnership with the
private and transport sectors, Makati would be able to improve its
environment and air quality. “The city government believes that the private
sector could contribute much in the implementation of worthwhile programs
and projects, and this MOU would bring Makati a step higher in its advocacy
in improving the quality of air in the city and implementing the Clean Air
“I am really proud that through this partnership, Makati would be the first
local government in the country to have transport vehicles monitored through
Global Positioning System,” he added, “and with each vehicle equipped with
the advanced Mobility-Cloud Connecting System that includes the GPS, the
vehicles would be safer to drive and ride.”
Under the MOU, GMS will finance the tricycles so that operators and/or
drivers could avail a unit at a very low downpayment and minimal daily
amortization to be payable in three years. Twenty units have already been
released to the operators and drivers, with 240 more in the coming months.
The city government and TODA-Makati will ensure that only qualified
operators and drivers would be able to avail of the units, who must be of
good standing in the transport community.
The operators and/or drivers could choose an electric vehicle or a 4-stroke
engine tricycle which will be equipped with advanced transportation systems
and technology that could be used in pollution reduction, enforcement of
traffic regulations and easing of traffic congestion.
Through this initiative, the parties aim for the reduction of conventional
types of vehicles that contribute to air and noise pollution, while
promoting care for the environment, profitability, efficient transportation
and latest transport technologies.
At present there are 7,000 tricycle operators in the city and 3,000 drivers.