Philippines Launches Adaptive Mobile Vehicle for Elderly, Disabled
Marikina City, a city east of metro Manila, launched 20 special vehicles to benefit and ensure the safety of about 5,000 senior citizens as well as persons with disabilities (PWDs) in their travels anywhere in the city, according to a report by Gulf Today.
Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz of Marikina City said the “adaptive mobile vehicle” he himself designed is similar to a motorized tricycle (rickshaw) which has been elongated to accommodate a maximum of three elderly and PWD passengers each with the all the safety features for safe travel from one place to another, according to the report.
The initial fleet of 20 special vehicles to be operated by City Hall, would be augmented by 20 more before the end of this year. The vehicle has safety handle bars and rubberized flooring to ensure the safety of passengers. The seats can also be folded to give way to a wheelchair, according to the report.
The elderly and the PWDs are to be granted a 20-percent discount each from the regular fare charged by jeepney and tricycle drivers in Marikina, according to the report.