Modern jeepneys and electric tricycles will be launched on Boracay Island once it reopens later this month, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Monday.
In a statement, the DOTr said four modern jeepneys will be offering free rides starting October 26 until December 2018.
“These vehicles will preserve the beautiful environment of Boracay,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said during the unveiling of the modern jeepneys held in Boracay.
The event was also attended by Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores.
The modernized public utility vehicles that would be provided by ride sharing firm Grab Philippines are equipped with WiFi, CCTVs, GPS and an automated fare collection system.
At least 20 waiting sheds will be built by the DOTr in partnership with Grab.
Meanwhile, around 200 electric tricycles will also be deployed in Boracay as the DOTr has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Energy.
The deployment of modern jeepneys and electric tricycles are part of a modern and environment-friendly transport system in Boracay that will be implemented by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.
Under this system, modes of payment for the modern jeepneys and e-trikes will be through tap card system and wearable contactless wristband.
Residents will get discounts on the jeeps and e-trikes rides, including children 12 years old and below, while senior citizens and persons with disabilities will be able to avail free rides. (PNA)
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