To mitigate the impacts of climate change, the Provincial Government of Bataan (PGB) under the leadership of Governor Jose Enrique Garcia III will soon launch the Bataan Electric Public Utility Vehicles Program, a development initiative that aims to shift the province’s transport system to green mobility.
During a courtesy visit at The Bunker today, September 9, of officials of Global Green Growth Institute led by Deputy Director-General Helena McLeod, Gov. Joet Garcia laid down the Province’s initiatives to make Bataan the first carbon-neutral province in the Philippines.
According to the chief local executive, electric vehicles will significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions produced by the current transport system, thus addressing air pollution.
A pre-feasibility study conducted by PGB in cooperation with GGGI was completed last May 2022. Identified routes for the e-PUVs are from Balanga to Dinalupihan, Balanga to Lamao and Balanga to Mariveles wherein the high volume of commuting public was taken into consideration. Charging stations will be put up in strategic locations in the province that could also cater to owners of private electric vehicles.
Gov. Garcia recognizes GGGI as one of the Province’s formidable allies in its pursuit of promoting environmental protection through green projects and investments.
Other delegates from GGGI were Asia Regional Director and Head of Programs Achala Abeysinghe, Country Representative to the Philippines Juhern Kim and Renewable Energy Officer Jonathan Catalla. Bataan Public-Private Partnership and Investment Center head Abul Khayr Alonto II, Provincial Government-Environment and Natural Resources Office OIC Raphael De Leon, and Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Bataan Vice Chair, Committee on Environment Atty. Tony Roman Jr. were also present.