By Recthie T. Paculba

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, June 26 (PIA) — The donation of 200 energy-efficient and environment-friendly electric vehicles or e-trikes to Marawi City, Lanao del Sur is seen to help generate jobs and open opportunities for sales and repair personnel.

One hundred drivers from Marawi City learned the basics and features of e-trikes during an E-Trike Training of Drivers and Mechanics of Department of Energy (DOE) in Marawi City from June 26-29, 2018 at Bagumbayan Hall, City Hall Complex and hands-on orientation at GMA Integrated Terminal.

Engr. Arnel Mathew Garcia of DOE said the project primarily aims to generate jobs in Marawi since it would open opportunities for sales and repair personnel, charging station attendants, and skilled workers in assembly and manufacturing plants.

“Local government units recently affected by natural and/or man-made calamities per Office of Civil Defense is among the priority areas of the project implementation,” Garcia said as he explained why Marawi serves as one of the first recipient areas in the country.

To fully realize the project, the City Government of Marawi needs to finalize and submit to DOE its deployment plan which includes the arrangement with Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LASURECO) on the charging stations, list of e-trike recipients, and their signed agreements.

The project also targets to enhance the country’s energy security thru fuel diversification, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and transform public mass transport to green and efficient vehicles.

The e-trike is a three-wheeled vehicle that can accommodate five passengers which only requires fuel of P80 per day compared to conventional tricycle with P260.25 fuel cost per day. (RTP/PIA10)