(Photo Courtesy of Brooke's Point Councilor Ton Abengoza)

The Department of Energy (DOE) will formally turn-over 50 electric tricycles or e-trikes to Brooke’s Point town on February 28 after the four shipments of all units were completed this week.

Brooke’s Point Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano said Wednesday that the four shipments that brought the e-trike to their municipality were completed on February 18.

“Second week ng February [ang first] shipment tapos tuluy-tuloy na. Mga apat na beses kasi 16 e-trikes per shipment. [Ibinaba] sa [port ng] Puerto Princesa City, tapos kumuha na sila ng trucking,” she said.

Feliciano said all the four shipments were shouldered by the supplier.

The provincial government selected Brooke’s Point as the beneficiary of the P22-million e-trikes project of the DOE. It was chosen as the pilot area because of its strong environmental advocacy, Feliciano earlier said.

The project is under the DOE’s Urban Green City (UCG) program aimed to reduce dependence on fossil fuels to help conserve the environment, she added.

The supplier will sponsor a one-week training for residents who are interested in acquiring the e-trikes, Feliciano said.

She said applicants can acquire the units on a “rent-to-own basis.”

“Ang daming aplikante kaya ang talagang sabi namin… kasi ang gusto natin ito ay additional 50 tao na magkakaroon ng trabaho, gusto natin livelihood,” she said.

Feliciano added they are expecting a generator set from the DOE that will be used to charge the units.

She said they consider the projects as a “blessing” which will encourage them more to promote “environment protection.”

“All good and perfect gift comes from above. Ito alam ko ay regalo ito mula sa Diyos through DOE kasi we appreciate God’s creation and we protect, preserve, and fight for the conservation and protection of what God has created,” Feliciano said.