By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
The Department of Transportation and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board launched on Friday the latest franchise of electronic jeepneys plying the new Makati-Mandaluyong route in line with the government’s modernization program.
A total of fifteen units of E-Sakay jeepneys will be deployed to ply the new developmental route of MRT Buendia to Mandaluyong City Hall via Jupiter Street from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight daily.
“The public utility vehicles of E-Sakay boasts of being 100 percent electric, thus 100 percent emission-free making it extremely environmental friendly,” the LTFRB said in a statement.
Present during the launching at the Circuit Makati grounds were DOTr Assistant Secretary Mark De Leon, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III, LTFRB-NCR Regional Director Zona Tamayo, Makati Mayor Abby Binay, Makati Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo, and Meralco Chairman Manny Pangilinan.
The new E-Sakay jeepney needs eight to ten hours charging time for travel up to one hundred kilometers.
It is also equipped with features which the passengers can enjoy such as free internet connection through Wi-Fi, USB ports for charging, closed-circuit television, GPS, speed limiter, among others.
Passengers will pay a minimum fare of P9 and maximum fare of P15 pesos that will be collected through an automatic fare system.
The LTFRB said that operators can also enjoy extra income from ad placements available inside the vehicle.