Sunday, April 15, 2018

Launching of the full electric Francisco Passenger Jeepney powered by QEV Tech

Welcoming and thanking everyone who took part in making the full electric Francisco Passenger Jeepney a reality. You all know who you are! 👍🏼
Many people have doubted that we could actually do it, but a handful of people believed in my dream of making our world a better place to live in by turning the classic and iconic Philippine workhorse, the Jeepney, into full electric that also conformes with the new Philippine National Standards for safety and public convenience.

From left to right: Inventors Association of the Philippines President Dennis Mercader, Landbank Director Jayvee Hinlo, Poro Point Economic Zone Director Michael Fermin, National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Penny Belmonte, EFI Vice-Chairman Michelle Francisco, EFI Founder & Chairman Elmer Francisco, EFI VP-Administration Jay Esplago, EFI COO Dominic Francisco, LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada, DOTr Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon, MyEG Philippines President Ron Aquino, Italian Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorens Ziller and EFI VP-Operations Carlos Camahalan.

Friday, October 6, 2017

2018 Francisco Passenger Jeepney - PROTOTYPE X

Join us in our journey through the production of the new Francisco Passenger Jeepney that will serve the Filipino commuting public for decades to come.

It’s high time to change the signage... 👍🏻

Inspecting the Prototype X production area together with my cousin and long time Francisco plant manager, Kuya Caloy.

With ASec Mulong and Marissa of DTI-BOI CARS Program (Department of Trade and Industry - Board of Investment - Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy Program) ironing out details of the short, medium and long term plans for the Philippine Made Vehicles including the new Francisco Passenger Jeepney. We also watched for the first time the video presentation of the new Philippine National Standard for the Jeepney. 

The classic Francisco trademark with rectangular headlights and stainless grille. 

Checking out the classic airconditioned Jeepney. This one is a 24 seater unit (11-11 plus 1 plus driver).

Still working on the design of the high roof and right side door that conformes with the specifications of the Philippine National Standards (PNS) and Department of Transportation (DOTr).

A truck platform and chassis simply won’t work. The Jeepney would be too tall if we use a truck platform. It will not look good and it would also be unstable.

We’ll stick to our very own Philippine-made chassis, then! 👊🏽

For the Filipino people! 

With Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Ching Plaza and Board of Investments (BOI) Assistant Secretary and Director of the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program Mulong Manlapig.

It is very rare that we have government agencies work together supporting local manufacturers for the good of the people. Ironing out details to make the new Jeepney more affordable to the operators/drivers that would in turn keep the fare as it currently is that would benefit the commuting public.

It is very easy to make Jeepneys whether the old ones or the new ones. Francisco had been doing it for the past 70 years. The challenge at this day and time is the cost. Some companies sacrifice quality to earn more profit. Some companies don’t mind the price as long as they profit big from this business opportunity. Our objective here is to lower the costs of production from all angles to make it more affordable to the common Juan. We will also provide more jobs (both directly and indirectly) for Filipinos at home!

The bonus side of this meeting is that we did not only iron out details for the Jeepney modernization but we also opened the door to the Ship Building industry that BOI will create in collaboration with PEZA at PHIVIDEC Misamis Oriental. Seeking the help of our good public servants who are board members of PHIVIDEC Cong Benjo Benaldo, Col Alexander Noble and Administrator Mayor Franklin M. Quijano!

Even more jobs and investments for the Filipino people! 👊🏽

The painted version of the classic design of Francisco Passenger Jeepney... NOT YET our new prototype. This still has the old body. But, take note of the trademark rectangular headlights and stainless grille.

In short, this is the “Before” picture. 👍🏻

I’m so excited for our NEW assembly line in a NEW location utilizing NEW manpower for the NEW design with the NEW specifications combined with NEW technology in powertrain made by an OLD but top European brand in the automotive industry together with the OLD name in the jeepney industry and the OLD plant manager.

Infusing 70years of experience in making Francisco Passenger Jeepneys with fresh Filipino hands, state-of-the-art equipment, latest powertrain technology and young but creative Filipino minds.

SOON! 👊🏽

The classic design is still the most affordable option for Prototype X...

But, I can’t wait to reveal Prototype Y. I have shown it to a select few and all of them loved it. They even want to buy one for themselves for private use. I might even get one for myself. 👍🏻


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Live the Life You Choose

Nepal, April 25th, 2015
Lisa was a young teacher on a humanitarian mission when an earthquake of 7.9 mms magnitude shook Nepal.
She was injured and trapped under the rubble of her house. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal in 70 years.
The AXA assistance teams immediately responded to this natural disaster. The entire AXA network was mobilized.
1. Regional crisis cell activated to identify and locate the victims.
2. Experienced medical and operations team sent on-site for local support.
3. Coordination of rescue missions with local authorities and organizations.
4. Regular communication with victims' relatives for up to date information on situation.
In the Philippines, AXA empowers our customers to overcome challenges and help them prepare for the unexpected.
At AXA, we believe that we all have what it takes to live a better life whatever that may be.
Believe in yourself and your goals, and count on us to help you overcome those difficulties and seize opportunities along the way.
For a FREE Financial Needs Analysis, set an appointment at or text 09173011199. 👍🏻

Monday, September 18, 2017

Financial Planning Seminar at CEPALCO

Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company, Inc.
Thank you so much to my good friend, Cesar Cabualan - Senior Vice-President and Division Head for FASD of CEPALCO for inviting me as your guest speaker this afternoon.
Financial Planning is extremely important for all workers. An employee who is financially secured will perform at his/her best compared to someone who is having financial problems at home.
With this, we believe that it is very important for each and every Filipino to be knowledgable even just about the basics of financial planning as a financially literate population is a backbone of a strong economy.
As what Sir Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister during WWII) said, "He who fails to plan, plans to fail."

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Meeting with the Board of Investments

Compared notes with my colleagues at Board of Investments this afternoon. We are all working together so that we could pull down the costs of production in relation to the PUV modernization program so that we could sell more affordable Francisco Passenger Jeepneys without sacrificing the quality.

PEZA and BOI are both under the same government agency, the Department of Trade and Industry. Our mandates are to spur development in the Philippines by strengthening the different businesses and industries, in this case, Manufacturing, and to provide jobs for Filipinos.

Which is why we oppose the granting of incentives to Completely Built Units (CBU) which does not give any benefits at all to Filipinos anyway. Giving them the same incentives as with local manufacturers sends a wrong signal that our government is exporting jobs that are supposed to be for Filipinos at home. As if naman maganda at matibay ang units nila diba? Mas maganda at mas matibay pa ang gawang pinoy on a Japanese platform. Hanggang ngayon nga gamit pa ng mga operators ang Francisco Jeepney with Japanese powertrains. But we all agree that it's time to modernize.

It is good to know that we are on the same page with BOI. We just have to remind our colleagues in DOTr about our duty to the Filipino people of which, Filipino first!

With ASec Mulong Manlapig - CARS Program Director and Marissa Francisco Concepcion - CARS Program Manager.

Towards PUV Modernization...

Another step closer to the production of the all new redesigned, safer, more affordable and more environment friendly Francisco Passenger Jeepney that would again serve the Filipino people for generations to come. Subok nang matibay at maaasahan pang negosyo nang pangmatagalan.
The challenge that we are trying to solve now is how to pull down the costs of production without sacrificing the top quality.
The best minds and the top people in the room today, ...minus IMI's ArthurTan who is out of the country.
Meeting with HAJIME KOSO - Director & President of Isuzu Philippines, MANNY ALIGADA - President & Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Automotive Dealership, Inc., JOSEPH BAUTISTA - one of our best men back then in Francisco Motor Corporation who is now the Sales Division Head of Isuzu Philippines, PETER MAHER - Chief Executive Officer of AF Payments Inc. which is the operator of the BEEP payment system and RENE ALMENDRAS - former Cabient Secretary and former Department of Energy Secretary and now the President & Chief Executive Officer of Ayala Corporation Infrastructure Holdings Corporation.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Meeting with Integrated Micro-electronics, Inc. (IMI) CEO Arthur Tan

Direction setting with AC Industrial President and IMI (Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc.) CEO Arthur Tan regarding the upcoming manufacturing of Filipino-made cars starting with the Francisco Jeepney project together with Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala👍🏻
Starting things right for our fellow-Filipinos with the top-quality Jeepney while in our Sunday outfit at my usual table at Makati Shangri-La's Lobby Lounge. 👊🏽