Aboitiz Group, GET Philippines Launch BEST Bus, A Sustainable Mass Transport Model For Davao
Thank you to Davao Light and GET Philippines for providing Dabawenyos with a safer and more convenient transport experience, and for helping bring Davao City closer to a more sustainable future.
– Mayor Sara Duterte, Davao City
In partnership with the city government of Davao, the Aboitiz Group through AboitizPower subsidiary Davao Light, GET Philippines, and QEV Technologies launched the BEST Bus project — the first fully electric, free-ride shuttle service in Mindanao, making Davao among the first pilot cities in the country.
BEST, which stands for ‘Business for Environmentally Sustainable Transformation’, presents the medium as the message. As they are part of people’s daily lives, these electric mass transport vehicles promote the mindset of “be green, be digital, and be kind” by providing the full clean technology experience. It advocates inclusive benefits that have a lasting impact on the environmental sustainability of Davao City and the country through significantly reducing harmful emissions, maximizing available new technologies, and encouraging inclusive benefits for the community.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte expressed her gratitude to Davao Light and GET Philippines for supporting the city’s various initiatives over the years. “Thank you to Davao Light and GET Philippines for providing Dabawenyos with a safer and more convenient transport experience, and for helping bring Davao City closer to a more sustainable future. You have provided invaluable assistance in the areas of health, the economy, the environment, and now, in the field of transportation,” she noted.
She stressed that the project is a welcome initiative as it is aligned with the city’s efforts to provide efficient and environmentally sustainable transportation options for the riding public.
These buses marry modern convenience, functionality, and environmental sustainability, and will be a treat for Dabawenyos this Christmas season – for not only are they fully electric and zero-emission buses, but they are also equipped with internet connectivity, and ramps and wheelchair slots for persons with disabilities (PWDs).
– Mayor Sara Duterte, Davao City
“We are grateful to have the continued trust and support of our stakeholders not only for this project but in many more undertakings,” said Sabin M. Aboitiz, Aboitiz Group President & CEO, who affirmed the important role of the community in the BEST Bus project that combines technology and good governance to create a platform that improves quality of life for all.
Congratulations to Mayor Sara, the Davao City government, and all of our stakeholders on the launch of Davao’s first fully electric bus system. Thank you for making it happen. We also thank GET Philippines and QEV Technologies Spain for being our partners in this public-private endeavor. BestBus serves as our contribution to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by providing innovative solutions for a cleaner, safer, and kinder world.
The Aboitiz Group continues to be committed to support Davao City’s economic growth and community development. SMA emphasized that Aboitiz has a long history with the city, starting with the city’s 911 system, which runs on Davao Light’s electric posts network. There is also Cleanergy Park, which the an icon of biodiversity in the city, and operates Apo Agua Infrastructura, which is in the midst of building an alternative water source for the city’s future water needs.
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