In the past few weeks, Davao City has been having a green revolution! I’ve never been much of an environmentalist. I believe that we should take care of the environment, but I am not a rabid “go green” person by any means. I do believe, though, that when there is an opportunity that comes along to take better care of our environment, then we should certainly do so if it is a feasible thing to do. Of course, you always have to weigh the pluses and minuses of every move. Sometimes, a move that seems pro-environment can actually be anti-environment.
So, what is it that Davao City has done that I am talking about? Well, we now have fleet of green tricycles plying the roadways of Davao City! These are electric tricycles that I am talking about. These electric vehicles have been put on the streets of Davao by DC Electric Vehicle Corporation. They are a little larger than the average tricycle that we see around here. I suppose that they can comfortably seat about 10 people or so. That means in the Philippines they can squeeze 12 or 14 people in one!
Here in Davao, tricycles are banned from the main streets and highways around town, they are restricted to residential areas only. However, these electric tricycles, in my understanding, are allowed to operate on all of the City Streets, as kind of a promotion of the electric vehicle technology.
As a point of pride for expats, I understand that a local foreigner is somehow involved in the ownership of this company too. Philippine law does not allow for business ownership by a foreigner, but I suppose this guy has a Philippine wife, or some other family member who is Filipino, although I do not yet know the exact details. What I do know is that there is a foreigner who is involved in the ownership in some way, though.
I have seen these electric tricycles riding around my neighborhood in the past couple weeks, and also on streets around town. I do not know for sure yet how many such electric tricycles are on the streets now, but there are more than one. I know that because I have seen them in different parts of town, within the same time frame.
Well, as i said, I am not an rabid environmentalist, but it does make me proud that Davao is moving toward a “clean and green” vehicle on City Streets, and also it makes me feel quite proud that the electric tricycles have been put there by a foreigner in Davao. As I find out more about these electric tricycles, I’ll do some updated articles here on LiP.