The municipality of San Vicente is speeding up its shift to the use of electric tricycles or “e-trikes” as part of its 30-year tourism master plan to become a “model holiday destination” that advocates renewable energy.
Municipal administrator James Inawasan told Palawan News on Monday they are currently looking forward to 50 additional units of e-trikes from the Department of Energy (DOE).
He said if approved, they will augment the initial five units they already have.
The e-trike project is worth P1.7 million and aimed to allow San Vicente’s full shift to renewable energy.
“We have been designated as the country’s ‘first tourism flagship enterprise zone’ in 2013. [Noong] 2015 [naman] na-approve ‘yong aming 30-year tourism master plan in San Vicente by the national government. Kaya buhos dito ‘yong resources ng national government because they want to make San Vicente a model tourism destination in the country na responsible, sustainable, and inclusive. Using e-trikes is our local government’s initiative,” he said.
He said his town has a budget of P2.26 billion from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for the accomplishment of the tourism master plan.
Under the master plan, the promotion of renewable energy is partly stressed by the advocacy in using e-trikes as an alternative mode of transportation for their residents.
Inawasan added that the municipality has already submitted a proposal to the DOE for additional 50 e-trikes.
“We have put forward a proposal to the DOE for additional 50 ang aming hinihingi doon. We learned that it has this program, deployment of e-trikes sa iba’t-ibang parts of the Philippines. It’s not yet sure na mabibigyan kami… but we’re hoping na ma-approve nila ‘yong proposal at ma-deploy agad sa San Vicente the soonest time possible,” Inawasan pointed out.
He said a fully-charged e-trike can run up to 60 kilometers per hour and is capable of traversing rough terrains like the ordinary tricycle.