Francisco Motor Corporation (FMC) is set to build a manufacturing plant in Northern Mindanao where it will mass produce its new prototype much improved and more environment-friendly Francisco Jeepney, the Philippines’ iconic jeepney design which has plied the country’s streets for 70 years.
In its official Facebook page, the company stated it will soon release its new prototype jeepney based on specifications of the Department of Transportation in line with the PUV Modernization Program of the government.
Accordingly, the project is in partnership with Ayala Corporation Industrial, Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. and Isuzu Philippines, Inc., among others and the manufacturing facility is set to mass produce the first batch of the new Francisco Jeepneys within the next five years. Aside from jeepneys, the plant will also make new utility vehicles, vans, trucks, military vehicles and cars, which we can truly state as Filipino-made. Such endeavor is expected to generate job opportunities in the region.
In case you don’t know, many or most of Cagayan de Oro’s jeepneys are designed by FMC.
FMC’s current manufacturing and assembly plant is located in Las Piñas City, Metro Manila.