UPLB kicks off mobility program ‘Tipaklong’ June 1

To kick off the celebration of Philippine Environment Month this June, UPLB will be officially launching its Mobility Sharing Project called “Tipaklong” on June 1 at the steps of DL Umali Hall.

Senator Pia S. Cayetano, together with J. Prospero De Vera, Chair of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), have been invited to grace the event that will start at 7:30 a.m. Joining them will be UP President Angelo A. Jimenez and Los Baños Municipal Mayor Anthony F. Genuino.

The UPLB-Tipaklong Mobility Sharing Project is a pioneering effort among higher educational institutions in the Philippines. It features a state-of-the-art system of shared e-bikes and e-scooters, accessible to students, faculty and staff, and campus visitors through a mobile application.

Run in partnership with Tipaklong Sustainable Mobility Corp, a startup business owned by UPLB graduates, the project offers an environmentally sustainable, efficient, and accessible transportation option, contributing significantly to UPLB’s goal of future-proofing its university operations.

During the launch, UPLB will recognize its partners, composed of alumni associations, student organizations, technology providers, and supporters from the private and business sectors, who have extended support to the project through their bike rack donations.

Immediately after the recognition, participants are set to embark on a bike ride around the campus to explore UPLB’s academic heritage sites and landmarks, as part of the CHED-funded Paseo Edutourism Program. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water tumblers and helmets, and leave no trash after the event.

The UPLB-Tipaklong Mobility Sharing Project is part of the UPLB Green Mobility Initiative (GMI), a banner program of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs. GMI aims to foster a green academic community by building partnerships and support mechanisms for ecologically sustainable campus transport. (Roi Mojado/UPLB)