Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi with Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa as his passenger at the wheel of one of the 24 units of the donated Toyota Prius (2017 Model) received by various national government agencies for the promotion of fuel-efficient and hybrid vehicles in the country. The hybrid car is part of the Japan's Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA), which funded the acquisition of the next generation vehicles (i.e., hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles), which releases lower carbon emission.
(Taguig City). The Department of Energy (DOE), thru the Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB), is donating 45 hybrid patrol cars to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 8 in line with its mandate to promote the use of energy-efficient vehicles.
The DOE will hold the turnover ceremony of the 2017 Model of Toyota Prius units on , at the Matapat Hall, PNP Region 8 Headquarters, Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte. The patrol cars are to be distributed in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.
Sec. Alfonso G. Cusi stated that "more than the promotion of efficient and environment-friendly alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), the donation serves as an opportunity for the DOE to support the development of areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda."
"It will also assist the DOE in the research, performance testing and promotion for the local adoption of alternative fuel vehicles for the benefit of the consumers," Cusi emphasized.
Key officials of the DOE, the Embassy of Japan, the PNP National Headquarters and the PNP Region 8 will attend the turnover ceremony.
The Government of Japan gave the Philippines a grant amounting to JPY500 million for the procurement and delivery of next generation vehicles (i.e., hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles) under the Japan Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) with the DOE as its implementing agency.
Last May, the DOE already donated 24 units of Toyota Prius (2017 Model) to various national government agencies.
"This is part of the E-Power Mo campaign of the DOE to empower the Filipino by giving them more options to suit their needs," Cusi concluded.