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The Department of Energy (DOE) is expected to turnover 50 units of electric tricycles or e-trike to the municipality of San Vicente under the Urban Green City (UGC) program.

Engr. Gilda Garibay of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)  said the DOE has approved the application of San Vicente to be the second beneficiary of the P22 million e-trikes program.

The first town to receive e-trikes from the DOE program was Brooke’s Point in February this year.

“Ngayong linggo idi-deliver na ang e-trikes ng San Vicente. Maganda ‘yon kasi door-to-door delivery ‘yon  [at] walang gagastusin [ang munisipyo]. Usually n’yan ay two batches ang delivery,” Garibay said.

BEMAC Electric Transportation, Inc., the supplier of the units, and the DOE will also conduct a free training on the maintenance of units to drivers and technicians.

Aside from low-maintenance, Garibay said the e-trikes will help to lessen pollution.

It will be the local government that will identify the beneficiary of the units.

“Definitely less na ang pollution niya tapos mas less ang gastos niya kung ikukumpara sa mga ordinaryong tricycle na gumagamit ng gasoline. Ang kasunduan [naman] doon ay binigay ng libre sa kanila [munisipyo], dapat ay maparami nila,” she said.

The provincial government selected the two municipalities as the beneficiary of the e-trikes project of the DOE.

Brooke’s Point was chosen as the pilot area because of its strong environmental advocacy.

The project is under the DOE’s UCG program which was aimed at reducing dependence on fossil fuel to help conserve the environment.

Meanwhile, on March 19, Governor Jose Alvarez signed Provincial Ordinance No. 2091 or “Establishing the Guidelines in the Implementation and Utilization of Funds of the Climate Resilient Green Growth and Development Program” that provides climate resilience data-based system and revision of the Provincial Local Climate Change Action Plan.

The ordinance prioritizes the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of landscape governance planning and green city planning framework for different municipalities.

The Dumaran municipal government will develop a landscape governance development framework while Brooke’s Point town will develop their own green city development framework.

Garibay said that the ordinance focuses on poverty reduction, disaster risk reduction and management and climate change adaptation in the province.

“Ibig-sabihin [nito ay] hindi na lang talaga siya plano [kundi] talagang ii-implement na ng provincial government. Dahil doon sa framework, talagang binigyan ng budget at talagang idinetalye kung ano ‘yong paggagastusan ng budget, ano ‘yong mga projects and activities under the CRGG program,” Garibay added.

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