Rustico Balderian, municipal mayor of Tabontabon, decided to design and build a vehicle to become the main mode of transport. However, he felt the vehicle should meet the following 4 criteria: low-cost, fuel-efficient, safe, and environmentally-friendly.
Tabontabon is located about 30 kilometers south of Tacloban City in the province of Leyte, Philippines. Tabontabon is home to 10,000 people with about 1,500 households. 90% of the population have rice farms as their main source of income. The town is the center of six other municipalities: Dagami, Dulag, Tanauan, Tolosa, Julita, and Burauen.
Bamboo is indigenous and renewable. It is stronger in tensile strength than steel. These bamboo cars are 90% made of bamboo and run fully on coco-biodiesel. Out-of-school youths of Tabontabon are the main manufacturers of these bamboo cars.