A Sustainable Drive Toward Green Recovery
In a significant stride towards fostering a more sustainable and eco-friendly urban transport system, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have forged a collaborative partnership.
Together, they have initiated the process of turning over electric vehicles (EVs), EV charging stations, and various transport equipment to a selection of local governments in the Philippines. Notable recipients of this pioneering initiative encompass Pasig, Baguio, Santa Rosa, and Iloilo.
Paving the Way for Low-Carbon Transport
At the official memorandum of agreement signing for this historic turnover, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista emphasized the pivotal role of public utility vehicles in adopting low-carbon transport methods. This, he noted, is critical in reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change.
“We recognize the urgency of green recovery. We want to promote mobility through projects that will protect the environment,”
Secretary Bautista declared, underscoring the need for a more sustainable and eco-conscious approach to transportation.
Transit-Oriented Development for a Greener Future
Secretary Bautista also revealed that the Department of Transportation is actively focusing on the establishment of transit-oriented development in the Philippines, a strategy designed to enhance low-carbon mobility. Such a sustainable and eco-friendly transport system, he explained, not only contributes to environmental preservation but also ensures faster, more efficient, and safer mobility for the country’s residents.
Local Governments and Transport Cooperatives Join the Cause
As the local governments of Pasig, Baguio, Santa Rosa, and Iloilo, in tandem with three transport cooperatives, welcome the introduction of electric vehicles, EV charging stations, and other transport equipment, they are poised to play a pivotal role in feasibility studies.
These studies, in turn, will lay the essential groundwork for the continued research and development of low-carbon transport systems.
A Green Vision for the Philippines
One of the primary objectives of the Low-Carbon Transport (LCT) Project is to achieve a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions within the country. The ambitious goal is to reduce 69,103 tons of greenhouse gases, marking a significant stride towards a greener, more sustainable future for the Philippines.
Partnerships for Progress
This groundbreaking agreement also involves transport cooperatives, which will actively participate in piloting the use of electric vehicles and EV charging stations.
In Baguio City, notable institutions such as St. Louis University, the University of Cordilleras, and the University of Baguio will actively collaborate with the local government. Together, they will be involved in gathering essential data and conducting in-depth research using electric vehicles and EV equipment.
This collected data, representing a significant step forward, may pave the way for the potential adoption of electric vehicles in public utility vehicles (PUVs). This action is part of the ongoing, resolute effort to build a more eco-conscious and sustainable transport network that resonates with the principles of green mobility and environmental responsibility.