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Cruise around Filinvest City in earth-friendly e-vehicles


Check out this eco-friendly e-vehicle going around Filinvest. Photos by Riz Pulumbarit

Don’t you hate how your clothes stink after riding gas-guzzling public transpo?
 
In the Philippines, the public transport industry is dominated by old vehicles that emit harmful chemicals into the environment. The dirty gases emitted by these vehicles pollute the air and harm your health.
 
This is why the “360 Eco-Loop” in Filinvest City, Alabang is exciting. Filinvest has just become the country’s first fully-integrated electric-powered public transport system.
 
E-vehicles are now the main mode of transportation that will go around the 244-hectare Filinvest City, a commercial business district in southern Metro Manila.
 
The Eco-loop has 26 pick-up points and the e-vehicles stop every five to 10 minutes at these points to load and unload passengers.
 
This is the schedule of the shuttle service:
  • Monday to Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday to Sunday: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

For residents and workers at Filinvest’s Cyberzone, a BPO hub, shuttle trips are also available:
  • Monday to Friday: 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Saturday to Sunday: 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
 
Miss Earth 2014

The launching of Filinvest’s 360 Eco-loop was graced by Miss Earth 2013 Alyz Henrich of Venezuela as well as the 2014 Miss Earth candidates.
 
The coronation night for Miss Earth 2014 will be held in the country this year on November 29 at UP Theater in Diliman.
 
In an interview with GMA News Online, Henrich said she believes the Eco-loop transport system is a good project that should be implemented not only in Filinvest but throughout the country, and even in other nations as well.
 
She noted that e-vehicles are good for the environment as they are energy-efficient and do not emit harmful chemicals into the air.
 
E-vehicles have zero carbon emission and help foster a pollution-free environment. They also have quiet engines, meaning they create less road noise.
 
The 2014 Miss Earth candidates took a ride in the 360 Eco-Loop e-vehicle.

Muntinlupa to follow suit
 
Meanwhile, Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi told GMA News Online that the city government will also be launching an e-vehicle transport system similar to Filinvest City’s 350 Eco-loop.
 
He said this is part of the city’s aim to protect the environment and care for the health and well-being of the residents.
 
The 360 Eco-loop is a project of Filinvest together with Electric Vehicle Expansion Enterprises, a commercial operator with technical expertise to run emission-free vehicles. — VC, GMA News
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