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Sep 19, 2016
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The days of tricycles and pedicabs transporting passengers all over Manila are numbered after the local government announced that they will start phasing out these public utility vehicles (PUV) next month.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada himself said they will replace the 25,000 phased-out PUVs with electronic tricycles, Philstar reported.

"By Oct. 15, strictly there will be no more kuligligs, gasoline-run tricycles and pedicabs," he said. "We want Manila to become the e-trike capital of the Philippines and to make Manila a green city."

According to Estrada, the city government has a budget of P120 million, which will be used to purchase 10,000 e-trikes.

These seven-seater electronic tricycles will then be distributed to the PUV drivers who become affected by the new city policy.

The first e-trike will be set in Binondo. The local government of Manila is also eyeing routes in Intramuros, Malate, the port area and the university belt.

The whole initiative aims to lessen the pollution in the capital while also providing better-earning opportunities to Manila's PUV drivers.

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