DOE fosters better Marawi, offers e-trikes

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MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, June 27 (PIA) — The Department of Energy (DOE) aids in the speedy recovery of Marawi siege internally displaced persons (IDPs) by introducing and providing the energy-efficient and environment-friendly electric vehicles (e-trikes) to over 100 drivers in Marawi City.

Handing about 200 e-trikes in the war-stricken area, DOE held the E-Trike Training of Drivers and Mechanics in Marawi City on June 26-29at Bagumbayan Hall, City Hall Complex while the hands-on component was held at GMA Integrated Terminal.

Engr. Arnel Mathew Garcia of DOE said such project primarily aims to generate jobs in Marawi since it would open opportunities for sales and repair personnel, charging station attendants, and skilled workers in assembly and manufacturing plants.

“Local government units (LGUs) recently affected by natural and/or man-made calamities per Office of Civil Defense is among the priority areas of the project implementation,” Garcia said as he explained why Marawi serves as one of the first recipient areas in the country.

To fully realize the project, the City Government of Marawi needs to finalize and submit to DOE its deployment plan which includes the arrangement with Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LASURECO) on the charging stations, list of e-trike recipients and their signed agreements.

The project also targets to enhance the country’s energy security thru fuel diversification, reduce dependence on fossil fuels and transform public mass transport to green and efficient vehicles.

The e-trike is a three-wheeled vehicle that can accommodate five passengers and compared to a conventional tricycle with Php260.25 fuel cost per day, e-trikes only require Php80 per day. (RTP/PIA10)

By Recthie T. Paculba

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