BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan — The local government is supporting the use of renewable and clean energy in public transport, however, it does not excuse industry players from complying with the local ordinances here.
Malay Vice Mayor Abram Sualog, during Tuesday’s session of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Malay, said that while the local government is supporting clean energy technologies, electric-tricycle (e-trike) suppliers should not operate without proper accreditation.
The SB has ordered Modello Global Solutions, supplier of the solar-powered e-trike in Boracay, to comply with the accreditation requirements set by the local legislative body.
“E-trike suppliers must comply with the accreditation requirements set by the SB before they could operate on the island,” said Sualog.
The firm was summoned by the SB to explain the operation of their 10 solar-powered e-trikes, operated locally by the Boracay Land Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BLTMPC).
Peter Montalban, director of Modello Global Solutions Corp, said that they were given a special permit to operate from the Office of Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling.
This, however, was not enough to legitimize their operation. Sualog said the firm must still secure the necessary permits including the permit to transport.
Montalban, in the end, assured the SB that they will comply with the accreditation requirements.
Compared to regular electric vehicles on the island, the solar-powered e-trikes use solar energy as the main source of power to operate.
“We aim to make Boracay the first island to operate on renewable energy,” Montalban said.
Aside from the e-trikes, the Filipino firm is also the distributor of the solar-powered jeepney in the island from the Australian manufacturer Star 8.
Two solar-powered jeepneys were deployed here on August 4 and are on test run until December.
Meanwhile, Executive Assistant for Boracay Affairs Rowen Aguirre said the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malay fully supports e-trike companies that enter the island.
This is in line with the e-trike program of the LGU which is eyed to be fully implemented next year.
Currently, four e-trike companies are operating here. (PNA)
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