Quezon City Barangays Given E-Trikes for Patrolling
Will the rest of Manila follow suit?
(SPOT.ph) The call for everyone to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle has been around for quite some time now, though sometimes it seems like the Philippines only got the memo this year. 2018 saw the rise of local, zero-waste brands as well as initiatives and movements that advocate a greener environment, including the roll-out of more sustainable modes of transportation. On December 17, the Quezon City Government launched the E-Trikes for Community Safety and Security project, deploying two e-trikes each for 34 selected barangays in the city.
The project was done in partnership with Rustan Supercenters Inc., utilizing the Green Fund accumulated from the fees collected under a local ordinance regulating use of plastic bags. Under the Quezon City Plastic Bag Ordinance, shoppers have to pay a fee of P2 for every plastic bag used, encouraging them to instead bring their own reusable bags when going to supermarkets and other similar establishments. The collection went to Quezon City’s Green Fund, which will be used to support the city’s environmental initiatives.
According to the city government, the e-trikes are for barangay use and patrolling. E-trikes for public transport were deployed in September for service testing.
The eco-friendly tricycle is powered by a lithium-ion battery, employing Japanese technology for its power control unit.