BEEP Project Monitored

BEEP PROJECT MONITORED. The implementation of the Bus Environmental Education for Passengers (BEEP), an initiative of RED Samuel R. Peńafiel was strengthened through close monitoring in connection with the compliance of the MOA with major Bus Companies based in San Fernando City, La Union and in Dagupan City (Pangasinan). The project also aims to include also the mini-buses plying from San Fernando City to Dagupan and to Urdaneta or Carmen, Rosales, Pangasinan.

The staff of the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) led in the monitoring of bus lines such as PARTAS, Victory Bus Liner, Solid North and Five Star Bus Transit. Other bus companies like the Dominion Bus Transit and Viron Bus which are based in San Fernando City were included in the project. Activities conducted included coordination with the Managers or Dispatchers of the respective bus companies, distribution of more DVDs on environmental protection and interviewing/getting feedback from the passengers. The distributed DVDs which contained videos on environmental protection particularly on biodiversity conservation, Philippine Eagle, National Greening Program and others were reformatted for compatibility with the DVD players of the buses.

Based on monitoring conducted, the DVDs are being played at the terminal during the loading/boarding of passengers and during the trips. In fact, some of the Bus Managers attested that these are very useful informational materials since these are being played during special trips for high school students and elementary pupils as well as the teachers. With the BEEP Project, the Manager of the Solid North Bus Co. based in Dagupan City said that they are getting positive feedbacks from the passengers. She relayed the comment of a teacher that Solid North Transit is a bus of good value.

In order to beef up the implementation of the project, some concerns needs to be addressed such as reproduction and distribution of more DVDs, inclusion of other buses/minibuses and regular monitoring and inspection.