It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic can have a long-lasting impact on the nation–and the remainder of the world–and public transportation won’t be returning to what it was once anytime quickly.
Even when jeepneys will nonetheless not be allowed when Metro Manila enters a basic group quarantine (GCQ) interval beginning June 1, an architect from Taguig Metropolis is already making ready for a way she sees the long run transportation, significantly the jeepneys, will take form.
Jeepneys outfitted with dividers, curtains and new modes of cost utilizing pails or tubes—that is how architect Jaecelle Marie Gecolea envisions them within the post-COVID Philippines.
As to why Gecolea determined to pursue this venture, she famous that “the Philippine jeepney has been part of our local commuter culture” on account of its iconic vibrant designs, and that this business is now in a vital state of affairs as a result of pandemic.
“To help this sector, I proposed an alternative design solution to assist our jeepney drivers/owners, particularly modifying the interior of the unit for the safety of the passengers. Moreover, it would also be an opportunity to expose the creativity and the madiskarte (resourceful) of Filipinos,” she stated.
To advertise bodily distancing, Gecolea’s seat design consists of dividers whereas additionally complying with the federal government’s 50-percent capability rule on public transportation.
Every seat must also be marked with a letter or different markers for a neater transaction between driver and commuter, in keeping with Gecolea. She added that this method must also assist make contact tracing extra handy if wanted.
Dividers may be product of wooden, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or metallic coated with plastic, tarpaulin or different light-weight supplies.
To attenuate contact between passengers going through one another, nevertheless, Gecolea proposes to place curtains in entrance of every seat that ought to solely cowl passengers’ higher our bodies.
As the normal passing of fares between jeepney passengers and drivers goes in opposition to bodily distancing measures, Gecolea proposes 4 methods to fix this: First, the usage of inclined tubes; second, the usage of coin banks; third, the usage of pails and a pulley system; and fourth, the usage of cell apps.
For the tube system, the architect proposes the usage of c clamps or different supplies that may assist the tubes, into which passengers will insert their fares.
These tubes, which needs to be inclined by two levels, will enable cash to circulate and drop right into a field, which might be product of acrylic glass or another light-weight materials.
One other easier method is to offer passengers with coin banks connected to the jeep’s ceiling. Gecolea famous that these banks ought to have locks to keep away from theft.
One other proposal is the implementation of a pulley system and a pail, into which passengers can drop their fares and transfer round to permit the straightforward circulate of cash between passengers and drivers.
Gecolea additionally famous that for the concept, she acquired the inspiration from a TikTok publish.
Lastly, Gecolea proposes a extra trendy method: offering QR codes beside seats so passengers can merely faucet and pay utilizing cell banking apps on their telephones.
As cleanliness is likely one of the most essential components in preventing the virus, Gecolea’s design consists of the outfitting of containers for alcohol, hand sanitizers and even face masks close to the jeepney entrance.
Gecolea additionally acknowledged that she believes the proposals are possible because the supplies are domestically accessible, however famous that it’s nonetheless as much as jeepney drivers and homeowners what varieties and strategies they want to apply.
“Since everyone is limited on their budget and our jeepney unit design are not standardized, the size and dimension vary. This gives everyone the freedom to customize their jeepneys individually, thus the cost will depend on the materials that the jeepney driver and operator will use,” she defined.
“I personally consider this proposal to have [a] multi-faceted benefit because we will be able to solve and propose an alternative solution while preserving the creative spirit of the ever-evolving Philippine jeepney,” she added.
Jeeps for the ‘better normal’
Gecolea stated her designs are match for the “better normal,” a time period she prefers to make use of as an alternative of “new normal,” as “the transition section of the financial system will not be quick.” “When you say higher regular, you’re contemplating the accessible assets to innovate and [propose] for the transition of the financial system with out leaving the opposite sectors behind,” she defined.
“Consultation is the key. Policies must be ambitious but politically and economically realistic,” she added.
Gecolea additionally shared that in creating the designs, she additionally took notice of “the passenger and driver experience and behavior in order for me to study and analyze the constraints or effects of social distancing because of [COVID-19].”
“I was inspired to do this because my father is a machinist of vehicles (mostly jeepneys), thus his work is affected. As an [architect/designer], I also think that we have social responsibilities to think, help and innovate something that could help revive our economy without leaving the other sectors behind,” she stated.
Gecolea, who’s behind the XYST Collaborative Studio model, stated she has already pitched the concept to the native authorities unit (LGU) of Taguig.
The architect famous that the LGU’s social media account was very responsive and that they instructed her that her designs have already been pitched to an acceptable division.
INQUIRER.web, in the meantime, contacted the LGU to get an replace on its response to the proposal, however has but to obtain a reply.
Gecolea has additionally reached out to a neighborhood ride-hailing app for a partnership and to develop a venue that may assist jeepney drivers present companies, however has but to obtain a reply.
Productiveness amid COVID-19
Gecolea shared that aside from to assist jeepney drivers, she got here up with the concept to revamp jeepneys as a result of she desires to be productive because the world goes on a pandemic-induced lockdown.
The architect, who acquired employed by an organization on March 16–the primary day of the improved group quarantine in Luzon–stated she is at present in a “no-work-no-pay” mode.
Thankfully, she was in a position to land a contract venture overseas earlier this 12 months, which gave her sufficient financial savings to outlive amid her present state of affairs.
“So for those who lost their jobs, please keep on moving and dreaming. I know that we are mentally and emotionally affected by this pandemic. This design firm was brought by my loss of job earlier this year and I believe that such empathy towards our jeepney sector brought this innovative idea,” Gecolea stated.
“Also, I would like [to] encourage the LGUs to invest in hiring [urban] & [regional] planners, [architects] and even industrial designers to help them rebuild their cities to adopt a more coordinated, sustainable, and multi-sectoral approach,” she added. /ra
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