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Surigao starts eco-friendly shuttle service

By MIKE U. CRISMUNDO for Manila Bulletin

January 25, 2011, SURIGAO CITY, Philippines – Not only employees of the provincial government of Surigao del Norte can avail of the eco-friendly shuttle services but all Surigaonons who will be transacting business with the local government.

The deployment of eco-friendly tricycles (e-trikes) is to provide convenience to everybody not just the Provincial Capitol employees but all Surigaonons going to and from the Capitol compound here, said Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas.

“This is the project of the Provincial Capitol to give convenience to everybody who will be transacting business with us because I know it’s hard to walk through the complex. It is so big,” said Matugas.

Matugas said that after she was elected to office as the new governor, this matter has always been the request of the Capitol employees, “to provide a shuttle service for them.”

The eco-friendly e-trikes were purchased from Siargao Bank through the Islas Ecology Development Advocacy (ISDA) Foundation, costing P150,000 each.

ISDA executive director Lou Vanessa Bauzon said the e-trike can accommodate eight passengers and is battery-powered which can be recharged after six to eight hours of use – depending on the travel.

“It runs 70 to 80 kilometer in just one charge and has no maintenance,” Bauzon said.

Earlier, the noise and air pollution-free e-trike has been showcased during the launching of the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction project known as Depensa in this city.

Meanwhile, the city government here led by Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas also launched the e-trike program.

Photo of the e-trike by Taweng Attunaga/iCSC