Jeepney – Jeep Modification in the Philippines

Jeepney. A jeep-shaped vehicle with a long modified rear body. With its long rear body for passenger jeepneys became public transportation in the Philippines. With leafless doors in the back to up and down the passenger, this vehicle is like having a breath of resistance to global world automotive manufacturing.Ā 

Utilizing World War II Garbage

Old jeep in a new body
Who Wants to Live Forever, in a new body

The idea of modifying a jeep into a public transport was emerging after World War II, when many American war jeeps were no longer used. This World War II garbage was used to meet a demand of public transportation in the Philippines.

So they are modifying the jeeps to have moreĀ capacity to carry more passengers. Abracadabra! There are jeepneys. Jeep modifications in the Philippines style. The length of the jeepneys are various. It’s depend on the taste of the workshop that made it.

The newer variant of the jeepney can be found on theĀ line of Malaybalay City-Valencia City in Mindanao Island. The difference is this variant is headed like the head of a Diesel Colt. This means that in its development, jeeps it is not the only ‘basic material’ for this transportation model. Other types of vehicle will be modified in the same way to answer public transportation needs in the Philippines.

Icons that Become Media Expressions

Jeepney in the Philippines

One of the characteristics of the jeepney is the accessories and body that are colorful and fullĀ of images. Many of them are pictured with Jesus’s images and the sign of crucifixion. These motives are religious expression of the Philippines community, which are Christians majority.

Some jeepneys are equipping with music player with enough power to be able to play music like a running discotique. Music is indeed a luxury in the Philippines in general. So it’s quite rare in the Philippines when people play music without sharing it with neighbors and surrounding people. In the other words, they play music loudly. The driver’s expression by making “running discotique” is also become a Jeepney characteristics in the Philippines.

The Answer for A Cheap Transportation Needs in The PhilippinesĀ 

By modifying the jeeps that became garbages after World War II, the investment in public transportation had became less expensive. Not as expensive as the procurement of a new fleet. By this way the tariff can be reduced to cheap.

Cost for one ride at least 7 Pisos for the closest distance. The exchange rate for 1 USD is about 70 Pisos. Because often the jeepny driver works alone, the passengers sitting behind will pay by relay from his seat while saying his destination. Passengers who are closer to the driver will deliver the costs to each other while (sometimes) conveying their objectives to the driver. Giving change is the opposite.

Jeepney, modified jeep
Relaying cost among passengers


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