PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Newsfeature: The ‘e-kings of the road’ are comingby Jaime S. Cabag, Jr.
ILOILO CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA6) -- In many areas of Western Visayas, the tricycle is considered “king of the road,” being the dominant means of public transport.
The tricycles, in thousands of units, reign supreme on the main thoroughfares of Roxas City in Capiz, Kalibo in Aklan, Passi City in Iloilo, Jordan, Guimaras and in most of the region’s major towns and component cities.
They perform important roles as movers of people and goods. Although they usually cover short distances, especially within population centers or the poblacion as in the case of towns, they can also be hired to travel through longer distances in special or important trips.
The important role played by tricycles in public transport has prompted the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop an electric-run tricycle in line with the government’s thrust to lessen the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and promote environment-friendly vehicles.
Thus, the DOE launched a design contest dubbed “Bright Now! Do Right. Be Right. Go E-trike!” This is aimed to promote the innovation and ingenuity of the Filipinos in designing a “green” or environment-friendly tricycle.
The contest is now going on nationwide.
Earlier, DOE Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said that through the contest the country would be able to come up with an e-tricycle design that can be used in the city and which at the same time can be used by people in the provinces where they are the chief transport means as “rural electric vehicles”.
Almendras said the eventual manufacture of electric tricycles would create more jobs for Filipinos and opportunities to export the vehicle to other countries especially in the ASEAN region.
Meantime, the streets would be waiting for their new “kings of the road” to reign – the e-tricycles. (JSC/PIA6)