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Electric jeeps to double as mobile charging stations in Tacloban

by: Kim Luces for GMA News Online

Electric jeepneys that double as mobile power stations — this is what one advocacy group is trying to make happen in Tacloban City in Eastern Visayas in an attempt to help solve both transport and power problems in the area as part of the RE-Charge Tacloban project.

“We’ll schedule visits to communities that have no power as of now because there are still communities without power. Of course we have to talk to the leaders of the community and see what their power needs are. People can bring their cellphones, laptops, rechargeable lamps, and they can charge sa electric jeepney,” Reina Garcia, project manager of the RE-Charge Tacloban project of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), said in an interview with GMA News Online this week.

When it happens, it will be the first time that the technology will be applied in such a way in the Philippines, she added.

Enter the eJeepney

The iCSC released the country’s first locally-manufactured eJeepney in 2008 and a fleet of those jeepney now traverse some areas in Makati and in Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

Another fleet of six jeeps will be deployed in Tacloban by the end of July.
“Almost half of the fleet that we will be launching in Tacloban will be composed of multicabs that were damaged by Yolanda,” said Garcia.

Multicabs, smaller version of jeepneys, are the main modes of transportation inside Tacloban City. “We plan to take those multicabs and install electric motors because those have already been damaged. We’re going to install electric motors and revive those vehicles,” she added.

“We’ll be retrofitting some of the electric jeepneys as a power station. Each jeepney is a power station, and we’ll be adding more energy storage facilities,” Renato Redentor “Red” Constantino, executive director of iCSC, said in an earlier interview.

“We’ll start with one unit for that. We’ll convert one of the multicabs to electric and we’ll make it into a mobile power station,” Garcia explained.

However, since the effort is still in its early stages, iCSC has yet to provide a design model for the electric jeep/mobile power station.

The main difference between the retrofitted jeepney and the regular jeepney is that the former will contain more battery banks to meet the charging needs of people in Tacloban.

An eJeepney charging station will also be built in Tacloban where solar arrays or solar panels will be placed.

“The charging station is also a motor pool for the maintenance of the jeep, pero at the same time, the biggest difference is may solar array siya so most of the electricity will come from renewable energy,” said Garcia.

Constantino said that the eJeepneys will be traversing downtown Tacloban.

“In Tacloban, we’re already studying (other) routes na possible. At the same time, outside of Tacloban, in the Leyte area, we’re also studying which areas would benefit from the e-jeepney. That’s really our pilot, so we’ll work on that, make it happen, then hopefully we’ll be able to have a model which we can apply to other areas,” Garcia said.

The residents of Tacloban will also be trained to maintain and drive the eJeepneys.

To help with funding, 100 percent of the proceeds of the book “Agam” , which was launched this week, will go to the Re-Charge Tacloban Project.

 

Editor’s note: This is article is re-posted from GMA News Online..

Book on climate change launched in Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY–The first Philippine literary book on climate change was launched in UP Tacloban here on Saturday, June 28, 2014, the second in a series of launches set in Quezon City, Berkeley in San Francisco, and Manhattan in New York City.

Titled Agam, an early Filipino word for foreboding and memory, the book broke new ground with its collection of 26 images and 24 narratives in eight languages.

Inspired by the drama and desperation resulting from typhoon Yolanda’s aftermath, Agam has been called “audacious and groundbreaking” since it raises awareness about climate change through narrative pieces, poems, and photographs.

Agam is composed of original creative narratives by 24 Filipino writers, minus the crutch of scientific and NGO jargon. Works were submitted in the languages of Tagalog, Waray, Maguindanao, Bikol, Ilocano, Cebuano, Sinama, and English, together with 26 images taken by the photographer Jose Enrique Soriano.

“If we are haunted by what has come to pass, by the things we’ve neglected, we can also be guided by what ought to be. I hope the stories of Agam can provide the reader a compass to guide them through these harrowing times,” said Merlie Alunan, an award-winning poet and one of Agam’s contributors.

More than 50 people—including Alunan, herself a Tacloban native—attended the Tacloban launch at the multi-purpose hall at the campus of the University of the Philippines in Visayas, whose structures were destroyed by supertyphoon Yolanda.

The book is published by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), the same organization that will soon be bringing eJeepneys in Tacloban City.

The Katig Writers’ Network, an organization of literary artists in the Visayas, helped organize the book launch in Tacloban.

All proceeds from the sale of Agam will go to the RE-Charge project, an integrated solar and sustainable transport services and training facility that is being set up in Tacloban City. iCSC is a pioneering climate policy group that approaches big problems sideways, by incubating ideas, innovating approaches and implementing solutions.

It will be available in all branches of Powerbooks and major outlets of National Bookstore throughout the country.

Photo Caption:
Tacloban, Leyte – June 28, 2014 – The Institute for Climate ans Sustainable Cities hosted the launch of their book entitled ‘Agam’ in the University of the Philippines Tacloban campus today June 28, 2014. Proceeds from the sales of the book will help fund Re-charge Tacloban project where they will bring in electronic jeepneys in the city as part of their mitigation project for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.Photo by Veejay Villafranca for iCSC

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Philippine literary climate change book launched, called “Audacious, Groundbreaking”

Quezon City, June 24 – The first Philippine literary book on climate change was launched today in a jam-packed restaurant in Quezon City. Titled Agam, an early Filipino word for foreboding and memory, the book broke new ground with its collection of 26 images and 24 narratives in eight languages.

“In my 20 years as a journalist and editor this is the first time I’ve worked on such an issue using such an innovative approach. Many of the book’s writers have been part of noted anthologies but this is the first time they’ve worked on a literary piece on climate change. I was very humbled and happy that they took the direction and concept and just ran with it. The result is grand; the book is grand,” said Regina Abuyuan, the executive editor of Agam.

Over 100 people attended the event, surprising even Agam’s publisher, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities. Sen. Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate’s Climate Change Committee, attended the launch and gave a short address. Among the notables are Dr.Michael Tan, Chancellor of University of the Philippines Diliman, Dr.Leoncio Amadore former PAGASA director,Kidlat Tahimik, a renowned filmmaker, and Yeb Sano from Climate Change Commission (CCC).

“I’m mighty pleased to be part of such an audacious, creative project, despite the harrowing nature of the issue we were asked to write about. The literary community must play a bigger role in getting more people thinking about and acting on climate change,” said Marjorie Evasco, an award-winning poet and one of Agam’s contributors.

“The book aims to contribute to the effort of “re-creating” and “re-articulating” the slow- onset impact of climate change through jargon-free creative narratives and images”, said Joel Saracho, theater artist, poet, former mediaman and another Agam contributor.

The book will be launched on June 28in Tacloban City, Leyte followed by launches in Berkeley, San Francisco and Manhattan, New York in July. It will be available in all branches of Powerbooks and major outlets of National Bookstore throughout the country.

Agam is composed of original creative narratives by 24 Filipino writers, minus the crutch of scientific and NGO jargon. Works were submitted in the languages of Tagalog, Waray, Maguindanao, Bikol, Ilocano, Cebuano, Sinama, and English, together with 26 images taken by the photographer Jose Enrique Soriano.

All proceeds from the sale of Agam will go to the RE-Charge project, an integrated solar and sustainable transport services and training facility that is being set up in Tacloban City. iCSC is a pioneering climate policy group that approaches big problems sideways, by incubating ideas, innovating approaches and implementing solutions.

Caption of the featured image:

June 24, 2014 – Manila, Philppines – Dignitaries and other personalities of the literary and journalism field gather in Victorinos restaurant in Quezon City for the launch of the book ‘Agam’ published by Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities June 24, 2014. 26 Images by Jose Enrique Soriano and 24 writers are featured in this book that tackles issues on climate change and stories of hope.

Photo by Veejay Villafranca for Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities.

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