Marawi residents go e-triking

The e-trike behind DOE Usec. Ben Ranque (right) and HUDCC Usec. and Secretary General Falconi Millar. (DOE photo)

DON’T look now but Marawi residents will see themselves riding electric tricycles courtesy of the Department of Energy (DOE) in going around the city for their daily routine.

DOE is donating 200 units of energy-efficient e-trikes to the city government as part of its role in Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), which is tasked to rebuild the city damaged by a terrorist attack last year.

DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary and TFBM Chair Eduardo D. del Rosario sealed the donation deal by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) formalizing the turnover of the e-trikes on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at the DOE head office in Taguig City.

Local commuters can use the e-trikes for their daily trips to and from relocation sites, schools, health centers, markets, places of worship and other destinations.

“More than having an energy-efficient mode of transportation, the DOE e-trikes for Marawi will provide livelihood to its beneficiaries and jumpstart economic activities in the area,” said Cusi during the MOU signing ceremony.

The donation comes as Marawi City is undergoing rebuilding after the end of a five-month take-over by terrorists that resulted to more than P17 billion in property damage and opportunities lost.

“Under President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s directive to rebuild, the DOE is among the many government agencies working very hard with Task Force Bangon Marawi for this tremendous cause,” said Cusi.

According to Cusi, the rehabilitation for Marawi aims to develop sustainable and equitable resettlement areas for the affected population of the siege.

The e-trikes are alternative transportation that are safe, comfortable with relatively reduced noise and environment-friendly compared to other common tricycles.

The e-Trikes can be charged at home through common electrical outlets.

The DOE, with the help of the stakeholders in Marawi/Mindanao, is also expediting the establishment of charging stations to maintain and increase durability of the energy-efficient vehicles.

Cusi assured that “the DOE will continue to uphold its mandate in providing secure, reliable and sustainable energy to spur sustained growth with inclusivity.”

The signing ceremony was attended by the DOE family and representatives from the TFBM, National Economic Development Authority, government of Marawi led by City Mayor Majul Gandamra, officials of HUDCC, Asian Development Bank, and members of the media.

The DOE is the implementing agency of the Market Transformation through the Introduction of Energy-Efficient Electric Vehicles Project otherwise known as the Electric Vehicle Project and is in the process of deploying the same.

TFBM, which was established under Administrative Order (AO) No. 3 issued by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on June 28, 2017, is a group of different government agencies tasked to facilitate the rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction of Marawi City.

The mandate of the Task Force is to develop and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation and recovery program based on a post-conflict needs assessment. rw: wjg