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DOE holds info drive on alternative fuels, energy technologies in Ilocos Sur 

VIGAN CITY – The Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), held an information, education and communication (IEC) campaign in this city last March 21 to promote alternative fuels and energy technologies.

Jennilyne Role, regional director of PIA in the Ilocos, said that the IEC campaign aims to create greater awareness and appreciation of the importance of cleaner alternative energy fuels and energy technologies, and the efficient use of energy.

Participants from the academe, transport groups, local government units, and the media in the Ilocos Sur province attended the one-day event which started at 8:30 a.m. at the Provincial Capitol here.

She added that the advocacy campaign will focus on these DOE programs: Auto-LPG, Natural Gas Vehicle for Public Transport, and the Market Transformation through the Introduction of Energy Efficient Electric Vehicles.

The Auto LPG program aims to diversify the country’s fuel resources, particularly in the transport sector, through the use of LPG as an alternative fuel source while addressing the air pollution by vehicular emission.

On the other hand, the Natural Gas Vehicle for Public Transport will enhance energy supply in the transport sector through fuel diversification using the indigenous Malampaya natural gas as a clean alternative fuel for transport.

Further, the Market Transformation through the Introduction of Electric Vehicles Program aims to deploy 100,000 locally made E-Trikes powered by lithium-ion batteries to key cities and municipalities nationwide.

Aside from Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, the same activity will also be conducted in Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte; Masbate; Carcar City, Cebu; and Cagayan de Oro in April and May this year. (April M. Montes-Bravo/PIA-1, Ilocos Sur)