While Marawi City is in the thick of undergoing rebuilding after the end of a five-month take-over by terrorists that resulted in over P17 billion in property damage and opportunities lost, the Department of Energy (DOE) under its indefatigable head, Secretary Alfonso Cusi, spearheaded the introduction of an energy-efficient mode of transportation that would also help jumpstart economic activities in the said city.
Via a memorandum of understanding signed by Sec. Cusi and Eduardo del Rosario, who is concurrently chair of the Task Force Bangon Marawi and Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), a donation of 200 units of electric tricycles of ‘E-Trikes’ was made to the local government unit (LGU) of Marawi. No less than Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra witnessed the turnover of the said E-Trikes.
The said vehicles, Cusi said, are expected to help those affected by the siege for their livelihood and daily movement from point to point.
Cusi explained that the said donation is just part of government efforts to help rebuild the city and was in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to all concerned government agencies to work hard in doing their share in order to rebuild Marawi.
The DOE Secretary said that the rehabilitation efforts for Marawi also aims to develop sustainable and equitable resettlement areas for the affected population of the siege.
More than having an energy-efficient mode of transportation, the DOE E-Trikes for Marawi will provide livelihood to its beneficiaries and jumpstart economic activities in the area.
Not only that. The said E-Trikes provide alternative modes of transportation that are safe and comfortable, with relatively reduced noise and environment-friendly features, compared to other common tricycles.
Local commuters in Marawi can now use the E-Trikes for their daily trips to and from relocation sites, schools, health centers, markets, places of worship and other destinations.) They can be charged at home through common electrical outlets.
With the help of the stakeholders in Marawi-Mindanao area, Cusi said the DOE is also expediting the establishment of charging stations to maintain and increase durability of these energy efficient vehicles.
The DOE happens to be the implementing agency of the Market Transformation through the Introduction of Energy-Efficient Electric Vehicles Project, otherwise known as the Electric Vehicle Project, and is in the process of deploying the same.
Above all these, Cusi assures that the DOE will continue to uphold its mandate in providing secure, reliable and sustainable energy to spur sustained growth with inclusivity.
The TFBM, which was established under Administrative Order (AO) No. 3 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 28, 2017, is a group of different government agencies tasked to facilitate the rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction of Marawi City.
The mandate of the said task force is to develop and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation and recovery program based on a post-conflict needs assessment.
Cusi is commending the TFBM and his colleagues in government, as well as the members of his ‘energy family’ and electric cooperatives, for their joint efforts in ensuring the speedy re-energization of the city of Marawi.
He said the task is indeed a tall order, since President Duterte’s directive is not simply to rebuild, but to rebuild better.
I have seen how Cusi seriously deals with work, having covered his stint as general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) during the time of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and later, as head of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). With him around and working hand-in-hand with the TFBM, Duterte can sleep soundly, assured that the rebuilding efforts in Marawi is in good hands.
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