A photo of a Philippine-made e-bus (Photo from leguider.com.ph)

A local transport group has sought the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the procurement of environment-friendly electronic buses (e-bus) that costs P2 million each.

Rotonda Tricycle Operators and Drivers Cooperative (RTODC) chairman Rizaldo Rodriguez on Friday said that their transport cooperative is aware of the worsening climate situation and aims to lead the “humble and simple” initiative in the operation of e-bus.

“Our transport coop is aware of global warming. One contributory factor to air pollution is smoke emission coming from transportation,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said that their transport group is working on a government grant to purchase an e-bus that will possibly help in reducing the air pollution in the city.

“We are heading towards operating it in the city of Puerto Princesa through the help of DOST. Hopefully, it will prosper. We are still complying with the requirement imposed by DOST which is the quotation of at least 3 vehicles and financial statements,” Rodriguez said.

The electric vehicle is said to be powered by electricity through built-in solar panels which are claimed to be a more sustainable transportation mean.

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