With focus on finalizing the Philippine Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry (CREVI), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Energy (DOE), and other member agencies of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act – Technical Working Group (EVIDA-TWG), together with other electric vehicle (EV) industry stakeholders, convened for an inter-agency writeshop on 07-11 November 2022.
DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor lauded the agencies’ efforts to promote EV in the country, and further affirmed the DOTr’s commitment to help in engendering demands for the industry.
“We commit to working together in full cooperation to make CREVI responsive to its four components. Our involvement is a very important contribution to making sure that the plan is all-encompassing and will serve the demands of the booming electric vehicle industry in the country,” Usec. Pastor affirmed.
The five-day writeshop covered four (4) components of the CREVI, namely, the EV charging stations, Manufacturing component, Research and Development component, and Human Resource Development component.
The DOTr, as represented by PUVMP OIC-Program Manager Joyce Rivera, moderated the discussion on the proposed activities for the demand generation of electric vehicles, which included topics on financial support programs, mandatory adoption of EV in public transport, quality technical support and maintenance services, as well as non-fiscal incentives to complement the financing and mandatory adoption of EVs.
Also in attendance were representatives from the DOTr, DOE, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Clean Air Asia, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Energy Secure Philippines Activity, and several experts and stakeholders from non-government organizations, and civic society organizations.
Representatives from the manufacturing industry, transport sector, banking industry, electric distribution utilities, and research and academic institutions also participated in the workshop.
Public consultations will be held before the finalization of the CREVI, which the EVIDA-TWG eyes to issue by the first quarter of 2023.