The event highlighted by the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) held Friday, 12 January 2018 at the DOE office in Taguig City was led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and TFBM chair Eduardo Del Rosario, the concurrent Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
Cusi said the DOE has been in constant coordination with the TFBM, which is tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the rebuilding efforts through the program Bangon Marawi.
He said the e-trike donation is part of the agency’s contribution to the government’s effort to rebuild Marawi coupled with the intention of attaining energy sustainability through the use of energy-efficient electric vehicles.
Cusi added the initiative also aims to create livelihood programs to help stimulate economic activities anchored on sustainable development for the people of Marawi.
“Providing e-trikes which can be used not in transporting people but also goods will help improve the lives of the people of Marawi,” Cusi said.
Under the MOU, the DOE will coordinate with the lgu and concerned national agencies for the effective implementation of the E-Trike Project for Marawi City.
The TFBM on their part will ensure that parties comply with what is written in the Deed of Donation. The task force will also assist in the shipment of the e-trikes to the nearest port in Mindanao with the help of the Philippine Navy, the Coast Guard and the Marines.
The lgu of Marawi, on the other hand, will identify the recipients of the e-trikes.
TFBM chair Del Rosario said the e-trike donation is a tangible beginning of the government’s effort to rehabilitate Marawi as they can be seen roaming around the city.
“The availability of e-trikes in Marawi presents opportunities for the introduction of energy efficient transportation to the City, supporting its residents to boost trade and continue their day-to-day activities,” Del Rosario said.
The DOE E-Trike for Marawi is a versatile, lithium-ion battery-powered vehicle equipped with battery management system that may be plugged to common household power outlet.
It features a robust body and strong motor that can transport up to six passengers, including the driver at full load.
With modern design and sturdy build, it is also suitable to various terrains found in the country. (PIA-NCR/EPC/SDL)
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