NAGA City, Feb 6 (PIA) -- With the Department of Energy (DOE) on the helm of its newest campaign to ensure a more cleaner and safer air for the next generation, the streets all over the country will soon be filled with practically designed electric tricycles or e-trikes to replace the usual and old model of noisy and smoke belching tricycles roaming the main thoroughfares of every city and municipalities all over the country.
The E-trike Design contest launched on January 18 by DOE, aside from promoting a pollution free- air, also aims to assist the tricycle drivers to reduce their daily maintenance expenses. Instead of spending P300 for fuel, they will just have to shell out P80 to P95 to recharge their e-trikes.
Eligible participants could be any Filipino citizen, 18 years of age and above and residing in the Philippines. Contenders have to generate a 2D and 3D Computer-aided drawing of the best aesthetic and functional design for the future Philippine e-trike look and showcase modern tricycle innovation.
Here in Camarines Sur, various universities from the towns and key cities have expressed their enthusiasm to participate in the said contest. All in all, the province has 53 colleges and universities; 29 from the different municipalities in Camarines Sur, 17 from the City of Naga and seven from Iriga City.
Contenders have to showcase their design base on its theme: “Bright Now! Do right. Be Bright. Go E-trike! Three winning entries will be chosen and will receive P 200,000 each. This will be acknowledged at the DOE official website and might be utilized by the department for possible adoption in its E-Trike project.
Entries will be judged based on its aesthetics or creativity which is 50 percent of the criteria; 20 percent for originality and innovation; 20 percent for safety and punctuality and 10 percent percent for Ergonomics or ease of passenger entry or total passenger comfort.
The local government for one, has adopted City Ordinance No. 2011-065 which allows the operation of e-trikes in this city for an eco-friendly, noise, and pollution-free Naga City.
Interested parties who wish to join the DOE’s E-trike design contest should completely fill the official registration form downloadable at the DOE Website at www.doe.gov.ph or at PIA website at www.pia.gov.ph.
This contest is also supported by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through a Memorandum issued by CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan, PhD on January 26. This is also in accordance to the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 7722 otherwise known as the Higher Education Act of 1994. (LSMacatangay/ PIA-Camarines Sur)