The Duterte administration is leading the charge in finding energy solutions by accepting a grant from Japan in the form of hybrid vehicles that will be used by several of its agencies.
Under the Japan Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) worth 500 million yen, the Department of Energy has received 24 units of the 2017 Toyota Prius – with 45 more units coming soon – in order for the government to promote, study and familiarize itself with advance hybrid automotive technology.
Present during the ceremonial turnover of the hybrid vehicles to various national government agencies were Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa.
These 24 Prius ‘demo’ units will be sent to the Office of the President, the departments of interior, finance, foreign affairs, budget and management, transportation, trade, tourism, environment, and science and technology, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and the Philippine National Police (PNP), NGAs in Eastern Visayas involved in emergency response operations and rehabilitation, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
When the next batch of 45 Prius units arrives on May 25, it will be used as patrol cars by PNP-Eastern Visayas, particularly in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.
These various government agencies will act as ‘endorsers’ of alternative fuel vehicles in hopes of showing the local market the benefits of shifting from fossil fuel-powered automobiles while also assisting the DOE in research and performance-testing of these hybrid units for local adoption.
“We entrust the 24 units of highly fuel-efficient 2017 model Hybrid Toyota Prius to our partner agencies, which are fortunate to act as government’s veritable endorsers of clean technology and harbingers of the future of passenger transport,” said Cusi.