Iloilo City to consider using electric cars to alleviate the effects of rising oil prices

“In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.” 

The skyrocketing price of oil has taken its toll on both the public and private sectors in Iloilo City.

Global Electric Transport (GET), the supplier of the Philippines' first mass electric mobility service, made a courtesy visit to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treas earlier this week, along with MORE Power President Roel Castro.

The team, led by former Taguig Mayor Freddie Tinga, intends to present a viable alternative to the ailing transportation and commuting sectors as a result of the volatile and rising trend of oil prices.

Given that Iloilo City has the lowest power rate in the country, electric cars are expected to pave the way for a more safe, affordable, and fully green transport network

According to Tinga, operators and drivers would spend way less when using electricity compared to gasoline. It would also help the environment because of its zero-carbon emission making it a healthier, cleaner, and safer alternative mode of transportation for commuters.

GET has more than 50 serviceable units of minibus operating in Manila, Cebu City, and Davao City.

Tinga also met with transportation cooperatives to discuss potential collaborations for the success of the project.

MORE Power initiated the forum with the leaders of transport cooperatives operating in the city as well as councilors Sedfrey Cabaluna and Rommel Duron. Also present in the forum was the Public Safety and Traffic Management Head, Jeck Conlu.

They discussed the viability of this venture as one of the sustainable solutions designed for Iloilo City, aligning this project with Mayor Jerry Trenas' core vision for Iloilo City to build a better community for the Ilonggos as his administration continues to focus not only on the usual mandate of delivering basic services but also on certain initiatives that will fuel Iloilo City's ongoing progress.

GET’s intervention is a very timely one, as their complete transportation ecosystem puts together proprietary electric vehicle technology, app-based management and payment platform, and an integrated business model which is ideal because it is low cost, low risk, but a very high impact project that addresses the dangers of climate change generates responsible profit and transforms urban environments.
Zach Golez

A lifestyle blogger based in Iloilo City

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