Davao City launches electric bus service

Subscribe Now December 14, 2020 at 10:15am

THE first fully electric, free ride shuttle service in Mindanao has been piloted in Davao City on Friday, December 11, 2020.

The Davao City Government, in partnership with the Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), GET Philippines, and QEV Technologies in Spain recently launched the Business for Environmentally Sustainable Transformation (Best) Bus project.

Best Bus is environmentally sustainable as it is 100-percent electric and fully airconditioned.

DLPC said the project aims to leave a lasting impact on the environmental sustainability of the city and the country by significantly reducing harmful emissions, maximizing available new technologies and encouraging inclusive benefits for all.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio together with DLPC President and Chief Operating Officer Engr. Rodger S. Velasco signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Best Bus Project.

Aboitiz Group President and Chief Executive Officer Sabin M. Aboitiz said the Best Bus aims to promote a safe and easy way for public transportation plying two downtown routes that use eco-friendly technology.

“We also thank GET Philippines and QEV Technologies Spain for being our partners in this public-private endeavor. Best Bus serves as our contribution to one of the UN (United Nations) Sustainable Development Goals by providing innovative solutions for a cleaner, safer and kinder world,” Aboitiz said.

In her speech, Duterte-Carpio thanked the project proponents for supporting the city in its various initiatives throughout the years.

The mayor said the City welcomed the project as it aligns with the local government’s efforts towards more efficient and environmentally sustainable transportation options for the riding public.

“These buses marry modern convenience, functionality and environmental sustainability, and will be a treat for Dabawenyos this Christmas season. Not only are they fully electric and zero-emission buses, but they are also equipped with internet connectivity, and [are equipped with] ramps and wheelchair slots for persons with disabilities," she said.

She also lauded the partnership, which would provide Dabawenyos a safer and more convenient transport experience, and for bringing Davao City closer to a more sustainable future.

Seven Best Buses will be hitting the streets starting Monday, December 14. Each bus has a seating capacity of 30 persons but can only accommodate 15 passengers, in observance of the physical distancing to curb the coronavirus transmission.

The ride is free of charge, but passengers must register to the Best Pass QR Code and scan it upon bus entry.

It can be accessed by the public for free via the Best Pass on the GET Pass app, which is available for free download on Google Play and Apple App stores. QR codes for the app are available on the Best Bus and Best Bus stops.

The Best Bus will take the routes: Downtown Ikot 1 (North Loop) will traverse from C. Bangoy Street to Rizal Street, Bolton Street, Magallanes Street, C.M. Recto, Acacia, Bajada, SM Lanang, Azuela Cove, R. Castillo, Carpenter, Sta. Ana Avenue, and back to C. Bangoy Street.

For Downtown Ikot 2 (South Loop) will traverse from C. Bangoy Street to Palma Gil Street, Camus, Quirino, Bankerohan, Sandawa, Quimpo Boulevard, Ecoland Drive, Times Beach, Ecowest, Quimpo, Sandawa, Bankerohan, Magallanes Boulevard, R. Magsaysay and back to C. Bangoy.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-Davao Region (LTFRB-Davao), in an issued statement, also manifested their support to the Bus project.

LTFRB-Davao Director Armand Dioso was also present during the MOA signing.

Since the bus will be operating for free, the agency said they do not need to secure a Certificate of Public Convenience.

It will also monitor the buses to ensure all safety, health protocols will be followed.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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