With eight brand-new units of FOTON’s F-Jeepney F29s, Tarlac’s Gerona Communities Transport Service Cooperative (GCTSC) has just upgraded its fleet to a more fuel-efficient and Euro IV compliant ride.
A good news for the commuting public is they will be paying much less for the fare compared to what they shell out when taking a tricycle. “Kung magta-tricycle from barangay to town, it will cost them P150, iyon ang standard fare, one way. Dito sa modern jeepney namin, noong sinukat namin, magbabayad sila ng less, I think around P17 lang or P20, iyon yung naitutulong naming sa mamamayan, sa riding public namin,” said GCTSC chair Eduardo E. Millado. “Isang effect nito magkakaroon sila ng chance, ang mga kababayan natin sa barangay na mag-aapply ng trabaho sa bayan.”
The GCTSC acquired their units from FOTON A. Bonifacio in Balintawak.
Equipped with government-mandated components and accessories, the flagship FOTON F-Jeepney F29 complies with Philippine National Standard 2126:2017 and is fitted with CCTV cameras, an Automatic Fare Collection System, GPS Tracker, Wi-Fi connectivity, and durable and easy-to-grip handrails.
The units are also equipped with generously cushioned seats and a powerful and highly effective air-conditioning system.
“Kami sa Gerona Communities, ang talagang goal namin is to provide safe and comfortable commuting experience sa publiko, kaya iyang unit ng FOTON ang pinili naming kasi totoong safe siya at very comfortable ang mananakay namin,” said Millado who added that the low operating cost and easy maintenance of the F-Jeepney F29 are some of the reasons the cooperative will be able to charge a lower fare.
Driving range of the F-Jeepney F29 is very high thanks to its large 120-liter fuel tank and 6-speed manual transmission that ensures an ideal gear for any speed—even in extended highway cruising. Powered by a long-lasting 3.8-liter US-designed ISF Cummins CRDi turbo diesel engine, the F-Jeepney F29 produces a maximum power output of 154hp at 2,600 rpm and maximum torque of 500Nm at 1,200-1,900 rpm—more torque than many of the popular big SUVs on the market and more than enough to give the F-Jeepney F29 a 4.6 tons of payload capacity.
GCTSC director Esteve Tañedo added the F-Jeepney F29 is a perfect match for transport cooperatives thanks to its 29-passenger capacity and its reliable engine adding that “Sa pag-unlad at pag-asenso ng transport cooperative, naniniwala kami na mas malayo ang mararating sa FOTON.”
The FOTON F-Jeepney is also available in compact and mid-size variants and seating capacities, namely: the FOTON F-Jeepney F11 with 11-passenger capacity, which is a match for municipalities with smaller roads and transport requirements, and the FOTON F-Jeepney F24 with 24-passenger capacity and a Cummins turbodiesel engine that is perfect for towns and cities of moderate size and mobility needs.
For inquiries, contact any FOTON dealer or sales hotline thru 0999-999-9998 or explore and reach FOTON PH on various digital platforms via https://linktr.ee/FOTONPhilippines.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.