The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) hopes that the next president is a “green President” who will support an environment-friendly movement and best practices in the country.
In a statement, EVAP President Rommel Juan said that the EVAP board and its members may have different candidates in mind, and that the organization has not yet decided on who it will support and endorse publicly as a group.
“However, we all share the same sentiment: we will support a green President to sit in Malacañang,” Juan said.
In December last year, the Philippines committed to a 70 percent reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 in the Paris COP 21 Agreement.
In order to achieve this goal, the EVAP president said that the modernization of the public transport system and the promotion of alternative-fuel vehicles should be addressed.
“And a President who is strong-willed and shares our advocacies of pushing for a greener environment will get our nod,” Juan said.
In addition, Juan said the e-vehicle industry needs the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentives Bill to be passed into law to lower the costs of manufacturing electric vehicles, which would in turn boost their competitiveness in the market.
“We therefore invite all of the Presidential aspirants to present their Green Agenda to us so we can find out who will be the Green President that will take us to the greener future that will benefit our children and our children’s children,” Juan said.
At present, e-vehicles are used for mass transport in areas of Makati, Muntinlupa, Filinvest City Alabang, Las Piñas, De La Salle University, Ateneo University, University of the Philippines, and in provincial locations such as in Cebu, Naga, Palawan, Boracay, Iloilo and Bacolod.