The Department of Energy (DOE) with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and local government units of Malay, Aklan signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the donation of 200 energy efficient electric tricycles (e-trikes) on October 15.
“The e-trikes is our contribution to Boracay as we embark on a more sustainable tourism development for the island,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said during the signing.
“We have partnered with DOTr and the Malay, Aklan LGU in order to improve the public transport system for the tourists and most specially for the Boracaynons as a form of livelihood,” Cusi added.
The DOE e-trike project intends to give a more sustainable and efficient mode of transportation for the public and provide new livelihood opportunities through transport system.
In coordination with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization (BATO) is one of the major beneficiaries of the DOE e-trike project. At least 10 e-trikes will be granted to BATO, which will be used for their livelihood.
DOTr and the Department of the Interior and Local Government will help the DOE ship the e-trike units to Malay, Aklan.
The energy chief said that these electric vehicles could cushion the volatility of international oil price movements and other economic changes.