The Rustan Supercenters, Inc. turned over the third batch of e-trikes to selected barangays, as part of their Green Fund Project: “E-trikes for Community Safety and Security” at the Shopwise Commonwealth.
Ms. Frederika C. Rentoy, Department Head of the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), said in a message that the use of e-trikes would greatly contribute to the environment. She also encouraged the citizens to bring reusable bags to help lessen the use of single-use plastic bags. She acknowledged the good partnership between the City Government and Rustan Supercenters, Inc. (RSCI) in undertaking environmental projects that will benefit the City.
To strengthen the partnership between the beneficiary Barangays and Rustan Supercenters, Inc., a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the RSCI Vice President on Human Resources, Roland Rowel Villareal and Barangay Captains.
The following thirty four (34) Barangays were given two (2) e-trikes each:
2. South Triangle
3. Sikatuna Diliman
4. Botocan Diliman
5. Krus na Ligas
6. UP Campus
7. UP Village
8. Teacher’s Village East
2. Bago Bantay (Sto. Cristo)
3. Ugong Norte
4. White Plains
5. St. Ignatius
8. Loyola (same as Xavierville)
9. Camp Crame
10. Laging Handa
2. North Fairview
3. Greater Lagro
4. Novaliches Proper
8. New Era
12. Matandang Balara
14. Batasan Hills
15. Bagong Silangan
16. Holy Spirit
Lastly, Mr. Denmark of Star 8, the supplier of e-trikes, demonstrated how to operate and maintain the e-trikes. Emergency information was also discussed to the Barangays.
The Quezon City Government bared plans to acquire more electric tricycles to be used in areas with insufficient transportation system following the release of the study by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that showed the successful result of QC’s e-trike pilot program.
The City Government plans to acquire additional units of e-trike in the future to be used in areas not covered by the routes of traditional tricycles, according to the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) chief Gen. Elmo San Diego.
In the past two years, the City Government conducted test runs of the e-trikes in two route areas: Maginhawa Loop and the Scout area in South Triangle. In the Maginhawa Loop, only five units were used, which run from April to June, 2017 and from July to September 2017 or a total of 4 months. On the other hand, in the Scout area, about 15 e-trike units were deployed and ran for 3 months, from September 24 to December 22, 2018.
The results of the JICA study also showed that e-trikes received high customer satisfaction as many commuters enjoyed the comfortable ride and the affordable fare of the e-trikes. Each e-trike unit can accommodate a maximum of 8 passengers and the fare cost PhP 8 to PhP 10.
The study also identified possible areas where e-trike operation may be introduced. These include the highly populated area around the City Hall, area along the MRT-3, Cubao district and the highly-populated area in the northern part of the city.
The Quezon City Government, through the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), in cooperation with JICA and BEMAC, have launched the second pilot run of electric passenger tricycle (e-trike) service that will operate in three QC barangays: Barangays South Triangle, Paligsahan and Sacred Heart.