BORACAY E-TRIKE: Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi (center) together with Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade (L) and Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año (R) displayed the signed Memorandum of Agreement, marking the donation of 200 energy efficient electric tricycles to Boracay Island. Witnessing the signing ceremony are Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force members (L-R) DENR Undersecretary Sherwin S. Rigor, DOE Assistant Secretary Leonido J. Pulido III, DOTr Assistant Secretary Mark Richmund de Leon, Municipality of Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar, DOT Undersecretary Arturo P. Boncato Jr. and Aklan Governor Florencio T. Miraflores.
BORACAY ISLAND, PHILIPPINES – Augmenting the efforts on Boracay Island rehabilitation, the Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Department of Transportation (DOTr) and local government unit of Malay, signed on Monday (15 October) a Memorandum of Agreement (MO A) for the donation of 200 energy efficient electric tricycles (e-trike).
During the ceremonial signing, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi conveyed, “The e-trikes is our contribution to Boracay as we embark on a more sustainable tourism development for the island.”
Sec. Cusi added, “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.”
Through the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force, the DOE E-trike project aims to provide a more sustainable and efficient mode of transportation for the public and offer new livelihood opportunities through alternative transport system.
One of the major beneficiaries of the DOE-Trike project is the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization (BATO) in coordination with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. A total of 10 e-trikes will be given to the BATO, which were intended for their livelihood.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the DOTr will assist the DOE in the shipment of the e-trike units to Malay, Aklan.
The Energy chief concluded that the electric vehicles are the way forward to reduce the vulnerability of the country on the volatility of international oil price movements and other economic impacts.
SUSTAINABLE ISLAND TRANSPORT: “We have to offer a new perspective for the Boracay transport system through alternative energy technologies. The e-trikes is a concrete example of this and the government’s promise of building back Boracay better,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi underscored on Monday (15 October 2018) during the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the donation 200 e-trikes to the country’s tourism jewel – the Boracay Island –for its nearing re-opening to the public after a six-month rehab.