Danao City eyes electronic buses

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AMID the high fuel prices, the Danao City Government in northern Cebu is seeing the need to shift some of the city's transportation system to electronic buses.

Mayor Thomas "Mix" Durano met with representatives of Global Electric Transport (GET) Philippines on July 20, 2022, to discuss the possibility of having e-buses ply the roads of the city.

The GET Philippines - Cebu Team, led by Raymond Aquino and former National Economic Development Agency (Neda) Central Visayas director Efren Carreon brought to the city a sample of the e-buses.

Aquino and Carreon discussed to Durano the advantages of the said transport vehicle.

Durano was accompanied by Councilor Ivy Durano and former Tourism Secretary Ace Durano during the inspection of the buses. The vehicles showed a lot of features, including a QR scanning system for cashless payments, a bus tracking system for the customers through its own fleet application, and an automatic ramp for people in wheelchairs.

The former Neda 7 director said that they hope to have more e-buses in Cebu as this is “the way to address climate change and to reduce the operating cost brought about by the rising price of fuel.

“The e-buses contribute to minimizing the impact of transportation on the environment. At the same time, this reduces the operating cost. This is beneficial to the operators and the riding public because it will lower the cost of the fare,” said Carreon.

According to a study by one of the big companies in Danao City that is eyeing the e-buses to transport their workers, they will save at least 40 percent in operating cost if they use the e-buses rather than the fuel-run buses. One bus costs P4.2 million.

While electricity charges are also rising, Carreon explained that charging one unit of e-bus than fueling one bus with petroleum will still be relatively cheaper.

Durano said they are excited and looking forward to the possibility of having the e-bus.

“Apart from helping our transport sector and commuters due to the rising cost of fuel, this is in line with the city’s efforts to be sustainable and environment-friendly,” said Durano.

Currently, nine GET buses are operating in Metro Cebu serving business process outsourcing employees on a shuttle franchise, and there is an ongoing discussion with various Cebu transport cooperatives on how to take part in the green transportation revolution.

This project initiative is currently facilitated by the Cebu Leads Foundation Inc., a non-government organization that promotes the livability and competitiveness of Cebu. (IRT with PR)

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