Pilongo, Abigail Ruth D.A.
“No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.” – Mahatma Gandhi
The Philippine jeepney spells out loud what Filipino culture is. Resourceful, artistic, ingenuous. But along with it comes another perception. It reflects the dingy, disgracing traits somehow deeply embedded in our society– indiscipline, stubbornness, dishonesty, and freeloading. Does culture have an expiry date? Cannot we put aside what we’ve been used to, what we’ve been born with, to take on something ‘bigger and bolder’??
World Bank (2001) with its Urban Transport Strategy Review alleged that the public transport has a very poor image and reputation. It is associated with very low earnings and exploited crews. In the case of the Philippines, we see how ‘boundaries’ set by transport operators leads to the despicable behaviour of drivers, thus contributing to the negative image of the sector. Moreover, urban congestion, adverse environmental impacts resulting from the use of small, old, and decrepit vehicles, as well as the destabilization of existing services are persisting defects long-desired to be rehabilitated (World Bank).
Consider fuel economy and CO2 emission rates. Widely acknowledged public utility vehicles such as the Toyota Coaster, Mitsubishi Coaster, and Hyundai County evidently have more efficient fuel consumption and CO2 output than our beloved jeepneys. Respectively, the average fuel consumption are 18.44 km/l, 14.79 km/l, 18.31km/l (Mills, 2013) compared to our king of the road’s average of 5.53km/l - 6 km/l (Napalang & Vergel, 2010, p.4), while the carbon output on the average is 174.8 g/km, 210 g/km, 171.9 g/km (Mills) with our jeepneys belching it big-time at 601 CO2 g/km emission rates (Napalang & Vergel, p.2).
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