Frontliners temporarily housed in the Office of the Vice President's dormitories will be able to commute to work in brand new Suzuki Raider J Crossover motorcycles. Suzuki Philippines turned over 10 units of their new Raider J Crossover 115 to the Office of the Vice President 's (OVP) Angat Buhay Program to help health workers with their daily commute during the lockdown.
“This aims to make the daily commute easier for our frontliners that are temporarily housed in our office. The units also came with helmets which they could use,” said Vice President Robredo's office in Filipino, through her official social media page.
Currently, the OVP has 11 dormitories in Metro Manila and some provinces housing various public hospitals' staff. Two of these — the Teacher's Village Dorm and Holy Family School in Maginhawa — will benefit from this initiative from Suzuki. Tenants of these dorms are working at East Avenue Medical Center, Philippine Children's Medical Center, Philippine Lung Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, and Philippine Heart Center. The motorcycles will be lent to the VP's office for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.
"We are one with the whole nation in this fight against COVID-19. We hope that these motorcycles will help our frontliners in their commute to their respective medical facilities efficiently and safely. We will heal and overcome this together as one team Suzuki," said Akira Utsumi, president of Suzuki Philippines.
Suzuki boasts that the Raider J Crossover was designed in Japan and built specifically for the Philippine roads, particularly those in far-flung areas where the definition of a “road” is simply a compacted dirt pathway. This new motorcycle, like the Raider J, is powered by a 113 cc four-stroke, EFI air-cooled engine with a 4-speed semi-automatic transmission. Suzuki claims it can achieve 66 kilometers per liter and can reach a top speed of 102 kilometers per hour.