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USAID chooses Boracay

By MST News | Feb. 06, 2013 at 12:01am
The United States Agency for International Development has chosen Boracay as the pilot site for the country’s first-ever cooperative-run charging facility for electric tricycles.

This latest in a series of USAID’s renewable energy projects is in line with its commitment to help the Energy Department promote the development of clean-energy vehicles in the country.

The groundbreaking for the novel charging facility, which will be built under a USAID grant in favor of the Boracay Land Transportation and Multi-Purpose Cooperative and ELAIA Green Vehicles, a green e-trikes manufacturer, will be held on Feb. 8 at the Boracay Regency.

The occasion will be graced by USAID Philippines Mission Director Gloria Steele, Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering of the Climate Change Commission, and Energy Undersecretary Loreta Ayson.

The e-trikes are completely powered by electricity, and those are being promoted to replace gas-fueled ones in various parts of the Philippines to cut carbon dioxide emissions by a quarter of a million tons.

The Energy Department says the cities that have pioneered the use of e-vehicles are Taguig, Makati, Davao, Mandaluyong and Quezon.

A recent Asian Development Bank study says e-trikes as a transportation mode will reduce gasoline consumption by 50 percent and lessen green-house gas emissions by up to 60 percent.
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