1. Street Sweeper Machines:
Upside: The removal of Pinatubo’s leftovers would have nice feel to it. Regardless of whether you are living here or passing through as a tou rist, most people in general associate sand with the beach, not the sidewalk.
Downside: There are several hundred local Filipino street sweepers that might not have work to do after high-tech rigs vacuum up the city.
2. E-Jeepneys and E-Trikes:
Upside: Air pollution is a silent killer and it wouldn’t hurt to cut back on the smog. It would be nice to see Angeleños walking down MacArthur Highway without holding rags to their faces.
Downside: If there hasn’t been an attempt to introduce e-vehicles to the city already, there must be a reason other than cost.
3. Taxi Services:
Upside: Reliable car hire services are hard to find. Taxis tend to be safer than open modes of transport, and many people would choose a nice cool air-conditioned ride over a hot metal can.
Downside: There isn’t a big name taxi service in the area, mainly because a lot of trike drivers are against losing the ability to support their families.
4. Free Citywide Wi-Fi:
Upside: Today the internet is being utilized as much as most other utilities, such as water. In 2015 Mayor Ed Pamintuan introduced free Wi-Fi spots in portions of Angeles City in conjunction with Converge.
Downside: Hackers, outages, you name it. If paid for internet systems are not fixed immediately, what are the chances a free system would be a priority?
5. Mobile Notary:
Upside: It seems like most things are difficult enough as it is. Whether you’re selling a car or signing a contract, a mobile notary could handle your documentation needs - saving everyone a small hassle for a fee.
Downside: Contracts are already notoriously difficult to enforce, and if you haven’t been to Quiapo in Manila then you haven’t seen counterfeit services before.
6. Food Trucks:
Upside: Plenty of customized food service trucks crank out quick, inexpensive grub – and in some Western countries, this food is as good as you could get in a regular diner.
Downside: People fear things such as salmonella, E. coli, and giardia. All it takes is one confirmed slip up and bye-bye business.
7. U-Haul Trucks:
Upside: It seems like most things are already Upside: You might not call it a U-Haul truck where you come from – but all it is is a closed container truck that is used to move your stuff from one place to another.
Downside: The jeepney and atbed truck operators in the area might not get the moving cash you would normally have no other choice but to pay.
8. Storage Units:
Upside: Home theft is such a huge problem that most people spend more just to have increased security, and sometimes even that isn’t enough. Wouldn’t it be nice to store your stu somewhere safe while you’re away?
Downside: Like most things in the world, if you rent something and fail to return to the Philippines – your stuff will likely be used as collateral.