Gov’t urged to support shift to bio-ethanol for jeepneys

  • Page Views 3460
  • The continued  increase in oil  prices has become a national concern affecting millions of Filipinos, the Kilusan sa Pagbabago ng Industriya ng Transportasyon (KAPIT) said as it called  on the Duterte administration to push for Bio-Ethanol powered Jeepneys (BEEPS) using the substitute fuel as viable and environment-friendly alternative.

    The Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers said their daily income has dwindled continuously through the years due to the steady rise in petroleum prices. products. From just P20 per liter, diesel has increased in price in less than a year  to P32 per liter and, with excise tax being applied, diesel will probably hit P38  to P39 per lite, KAPIT said.

    “Fossil fuels like diesel and gasoline, have limited supply.  Eventually these will run out.  When supply becomes scarce, the price will hit the roof,”: it said.

    Vigor Mendoza, KAPIT chairman,  said  the country is in the midst of modernization  and  new technology should be good for the next 10 to 15 years.

    Ethanol fuel comes from plants, like sugar, corn, and cassava, he said.  “It is renewable and promotes zero pollution. It also supports the country’s energy security program as we become less dependent on imported fuels.  With ethanol, operators can shift to air-conditioned vehicles, which electric vehicles at the moment cannot do efficiently.

    Mendoza added that with ethanol-powered air-con vehicles, fare pricing is 20 percent higher compared to non-aircon jeepneys. The jeepney drivers would have added income of P1,000 to P1,200 per day,  he said.

    “This is more than enough to off-set the higher cost of ethanol fuel which is estimated at P53 per liter. At this price, the average jeepney fuel cost will increase by P560 per day.   But due to the increased income, there will still be a net gain of P440 to P640 per day,’’ he added. (C. Chavez, mb)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 15 April 2021
      5 days ago No comment

      Duterte reappears, tells critics ‘Want me to die. Pray harder’

      President Rodrigo Duterte is back in public following a two-week absence that fuelled speculations about his health. The president of the Philippines addressed the nation on April 12, dismissing talk about his supposed health problems. Addressing his critics, Duterte said they should “pray harder” if they want him to ...

    • 13 April 2021
      6 days ago No comment

      The 2021 North Shore Art Crawl transforms creative places into virtual spaces.

      The annual North Shore Art Crawl is live! Now is the time to explore the artists of Vancouver’s  North Shore, for audiences local and far-away. North Van Arts is proud to launch the 2021  Online North Shore Art Crawl as a month-long virtual event from March 12 – April ...

    • 08 April 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Luis and Jessy Mendiola get married

      Jessy Mendiola is now officially Mrs. Manzano! Celebrity couple Jessy Mendiola and Luis Manzano on Sunday revealed that they are already married. Mendiola made the confirmation through a 5-minute video posted on her Youtube channel, as well as a post on her Instagram page. The video showed the couple’s ...

    %d bloggers like this: