UPLB in partnership with the Municipal Government of Los Baños and the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Drivers at Operators ng Los Baños (SNODLOB) Transport Service and Multi-purpose Cooperative launched today the modern electric jeepneys to ply between the Los Baños town proper and the UPLB campus.
In his welcome remarks at the launching program, UPLB Chancellor Jose Camacho Jr. underscored the significance of the introduction of e-jeepneys in the campus to the overall goal of future-proofing UPLB’s processes and operations through responding to social and environmental challenges and achieving long-term sustainability.
According to Danilo Lescano, president of SNODLOB, their transport cooperative acquired the first batch of the e-jeepney units for the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program in response to the direction given by UPLB to switch to green mobility inside the campus.
SNODLOB’s franchise granted by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board also provides for future deployment of modern jeepneys between Calamba City and UPLB.
For his part, Los Baños Mayor Antonio Kalaw reiterated the local government’s commitment and cooperation with the green mobility initiative for the advancement of public good and welfare.
He also thanked UPLB for supporting the various projects of Los Baños concerning livelihood, environmental protection, and public health, in particular its COVID-19 vaccination drive.
UPLB had converted the Copeland Gymnasium into a vaccination hub to help Los Baños municipality achieve high vaccination rates.
In 2021, Los Baños was declared by the Provincial Government of Laguna as the Top Performing Municipality (TPM) with 100% of the target population having received at least one dose. It is also the Top Performing Municipality with 80.13% of the target population who are already fully vaccinated. This covers the period from March 11, 2021 to December 17, 2021. (Roberto P. Cereno)
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