In the next 15 years, the Province of Cavite, along with all of its local government units (LGUs), will be zero-emissions. The province plans to ban all gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035. This was announced by Cavite governor, Jonvic Remulla, through his official social media page.
According to the governor, the topic of “goin’ green” will be deliberated upon by the provincial leadership next week.
An example of e-jeepney in Imus that will be used by the city's public school teachers
“[In] the long term, we are proposing a 15-year phase-out program of all fossil fuel-based engines from both Local Government and Public Transportation,” said the governor.
What this means is that, by 2035, all Cavite government vehicles, including its LGUs and all public transportation vehicles (jeepneys, buses, tricycles, UV Express, etc.) will need to be powered by alternative fuels or electric.
“Our aim is for Cavite to be gasoline and diesel engine free by 2040,” added Remulla.
He also said that the process will not be as simple as it may sound, hence, the 15 to a 20-year timeline. The move is something that should be carefully planned and must include sufficient infrastructure to support the program like building a network of charging stations, cooperatives, and much more.
This ambitious plan is already something major cities around the world have committed to. However, in the Philippines, Cavite is the first province to make such a commitment.
With President Duterte’s recent order of having cops trained to chase and catch riding-in-tandem criminals on motorcycles, Cavite’s police may have a leg up with the quiet operation and instant torque of electric motorcycles to chase criminals.