Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada announced on Tuesday the provision of free shuttle service to Parola Compound residents after kuligligs or motorized pedicabs are replaced with battery-powered electric tricycles (E-trikes).
“We will upgrade Tondo into a subdivision-like community,” Estrada said clearing a road in Parola and Delpan in Tondo.
Kuligligs are outdated, unsafe and causes pollution, unlike the E-trikes that are battery-operated and easier to maintain, he said.
City hall workers have impounded dozens of kuligligs blocking traffic in the 1.1-kilometer Manila International Container Terminal South Access Road.
The International Container Terminal Services, Inc. committed to procure E-trikes and finance free shuttle service in Tondo, initially in Parola Compound, according to the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau.
ICTSI, headed by port mogul Enrique Razon Jr., operates the MICT, one of Asia’s major seaports and the Philippines’ largest international container terminal.
The E-trike free ride program was proposed by Razon to the city government as his company’s way of helping the community.
The Estrada administration will soon launch its E-trike project in Manila to combat air pollution and improve the livelihood of some 5,000 pedicab and tricycle drivers in the city.
The city government acquired an initial fleet of 384 battery-operated vehicles to be sold to tricycle drivers under a five-year installment scheme.
The city government bought the E-trikes for more than P145 million or P380,000 each.
An E-trike runs on a gel-type battery that can be fully charged for only four to five hours. It can carry up to seven passengers and has a maximum speed of 40 to 45 kilometers per hour.
The first batch will be dispatched in the city’s tourist belt – Luneta, Ermita, Malate, Intramuros, Binondo (Chinatown) and Quiapo.
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