Friday, July 13, 2018

Partido Federal ng Pilipinas

A life worthy of human dignity for every Filipino!
Video credit: Camilo Belleza Millendez
Interview by: Emil Carreon - Executive Producer PTV

Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) Party Leadership meeting at the National Headquarters in Quezon City.

In the meeting were Party Chairman R/Gen. Abubakar Mangelen, Party President Atty. Jayvee Hinlo, Party Secretary General R/Gen. Thompson Lantion, Special Advisor to the President Elmer Francisco, Membership Committee Chairman Eddie Dangcal, Party Legal Counsels Election Lawyer Atty. George Briones and Litigation Lawyer Atty. Leo Dumas and other national party leaders.

Trabaho para sa bawat Pilipino πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Financial Times feature of the full electric Francisco Passenger Jeepney

As reported by John Reed

End of the road looms for the Philippines’ jeepneys.

Almer Lacorte earns about $20 a day driving a jeepney between Manila’s Santa Ana district and Rizal Park, taking 20 passengers at a time in his vehicle on facing bench seats.

With their chrome finish and hand-painted exteriors, jeepneys provide distinctive flash and colour to Manila’s streets, and are a staple of the Philippine capital’s woefully overtaxed transport system — short-hop vehicles that get commuters between their homes and buses or trains.

Jeepneys get their names from the vehicles US troops left behind after the second world war, which local entrepreneurs refitted with passenger cabins and painted slogans such as “King of the Road”, and are an indelible a part of Philippine folklore.

But now President Rodrigo Duterte’s government is launching a long-delayed drive to remove older jeepneys such as Mr Lacorte’s from the road and replace them with lower-emission ones, including cleaner diesel versions or electric-powered “e-jeepneys”. It has set a target of removing all jeepneys 15 years or older from the roads by 2020.

The government says jeepneys poison the air and contribute to traffic gridlock in Manila, one of the world’s most congested cities, according to the Google-owned mapping and navigation app Waze.

“The one reason why modernisation was not really pushed during past administrations, for more than 50 years, is because they [drivers] are a political force,” said Thomas Orbos, an official in the Philippine Department of Transportation. “The jeepney sector alone is a political force to reckon with, and we’ve taken it on headfirst, and we know what we’re up against.”

The Duterte administration, in proceeding with the upgrade, is portraying itself as championing the needs of millions of working Filipinos who spend hours stuck in traffic every day, against what it says are vested interests. Poor public transport was one of several popular grievances on which the Philippine leader campaigned to win the presidency two years ago.

“Son of a bitch, suffer hardship and hunger, I don’t care,” Mr Duterte said in a characteristically aggressive speech last year after jeepney drivers who opposed the changes staged a transport strike. He also threatened to “drag away” recalcitrant drivers from their vehicles.

But jeepney drivers, most of whom subsist on modest wages, and operators — small businesses that typically own one or two vehicles — have described the upgrade as part of a war by the administration on the urban poor. 

“The president has contempt for poor people asserting their rights, and jeepney drivers are a challenge for him,” said George San Mateo, head of Piston, a transport workers’ group who were involved in organising a strike last year. “This programme will push small operators out of business.”

The Ibon Foundation, a public policy think-tank, has urged the Philippine government to undertake jeepney modernisation without jeopardising drivers’ livelihood or commuters’ access to them as a mode of transport, as part of a plan that takes all interests into account. 

“We have too many cars, but we don’t have enough roads,” said Rosario Bella Guzman, an Ibon director. “The government is looking at the jeepney as the culprit.”

Mr Orbos, the government official, denied jeepney drivers were being scapegoated. “They are not being singled out,” he said.

According to the transportation department, there are 178,000 jeepneys in the Philippines, 90 per cent of which are at least 15 years old. 

The government’s plan is to cut the number of routes, and of vehicles vying for business. Fleet operators will be offered subsidised loans to buy new jeepneys, and drivers moved to a standard monthly salary and benefits, rather than hand-to-mouth wages. 

Manila’s two main family-owned producers of jeepneys say they are ready for the switch. 

Sarao Motors has produced a boxy, modern “e-jeepney” that resembles a small bus.

Francisco Motors, which has been making jeepneys since 1947, is showing its own demonstration electric jeepney in Manila’s Rizal Park, painted in classic multi-hued style, with clenched-fist logos — Mr Duterte’s signature gesture — on the front. 

“If you take away the classic design of the jeepney, it is like taking away part of our identity as Filipinos,” said Elmer Francisco, the company’s chief executive. “Our president would like this to be preserved.”

Mr Lacorte, the jeepney driver, voices doubts that either he or his passengers will be able to make the shift. Most jeepney passengers are poor people whose main concern is to get from point to point at the cheapest price, usually to transport goods or produce.

“We don’t want the electric type, because they won’t work here, especially on rainy days,” he said.

Additional reporting by Guill Ramos

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

EFI Prepares for Ethereum Blockchain Platform Initial Coin Offering (ICO)

EFI Founder & Chairman Elmer Francisco together with Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) Administrator, Secretary Raul Lambino at the CEZA FinTech or Financial Technology Summit

My business partner, Enrique Gonzalez, giving the welcome remarks for the CEZA FinTech Summit that he hosted at Manila House

CEZA Administrator, Secretary Raul Lambino giving the keynote speech and statement of support for Blockchain Platform Financial Technology

Our Francisco Passenger Jeepney Automated Fare Collection System partner, MyEG Philippines President Ron Aquino signing the Memorandum of Agreement with Secretary Raul Lambino

Panelists composed of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency experts from all over the world discussing everything there is to learn about the various topics concerning the future of FinTech or Financial Technology and decentralization.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

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

From Left to Right: LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada, DOTr USec. Mark de Leon, EFI Founder & Chairman Elmer Francisco, PEZA Deputy Director General Theo Panga, former FMC Manager Ric Pobre, EFI VP-Admin Jay Esplago, EFI COO Dominic Francisco & EFI Vice-Chairman Michelle Francisco

Transport Group Pasang Masda President Ka Obet Martin posing at the eFPJ

Loading passengers at the Quirino Grand Stand

Getting ready to roll-out

QEV Tech Engineers performing final checks

EFI Founder & Chairman Elmer Francisco elaborating details during GMA7 interview

LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada sharing with the media her beautiful experience while driving the full electric Francisco Passenger Jeepney together with EFI Founder & Chairman Elmer Francisco and DOTr ASec. Mark de Leon

Presenting the details of the eFPJ to DOTr, LTFRB, Transport Groups, Commuters and to the media

From Left to Right: MyEG Philippines President Ron Aquino, EFI Vice-Chairman Michelle Francisco, EFI Founder & Chairman Elmer Francisco, one of our most important partners for the electric jeepney charging stations SM Vice-President Liza Silerio and QEV Tech Chief Operating Officer Darren Lim

 With our main partner for charging stations for our electric jeepneys, Aboitiz Power and QEV Philippines represented by their General Manager Audrey PeΓ±aranda

Welcoming and thanking everyone who took part in making the full electric Francisco Passenger Jeepney a reality. You all know who you are! πŸ‘πŸΌ
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... πŸ‘πŸ»

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! πŸ‘ŠπŸ½

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! πŸ‘ŠπŸ½

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. πŸ‘πŸ»

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! πŸ‘ŠπŸ½

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. πŸ‘πŸ»


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. πŸ‘πŸ»

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."