QUEZON City was chosen by the Department of Energy to pilot the operation of 22,000 electronic tricycles in Metro Manila.
Mayor Herbert Bautista announced the implementation of a scaled up e-trike project to prioritize the use of renewable energy and other green technologies.
He said DoE, along with the Asian Development Bank, would give the city government 22,000 units over a five-year period, the second largest allocation next to Cabanatuan City, and the biggest among local governments in the metro.
Energy Undersecretary Loreta Ayson wrote Bautista, citing the city’s efforts toward cost- and energy-efficient tricycle operations.
Bautista said the city would receive 2,000 e-trikes in 2012, and an annual allocation of 5,000 units each for the succeeding four years.
He said the e-trike project of Quezon City is part of the more than 100,000 e-trikes acquired by DoE through a loan from the ADB.
Bautista said the e-tricycle, which was developed by the Energy department, can be acquired through an installment per boundary scheme.
He tasked the city’s Department of Public Order and Safety, headed by retired police officer Elmo San Diego, to spearhead the project implementation in a bid to address air pollution and lessen the impact on public health and safety.
San Diego said they expect to gradually phase conventional tricycles in the next few years.
Quezon City has about 25,000 legitimate tricycles in operation. Rio N. Araja