MANILA - Charging stations for electric tricycles or e-trikes will soon be built in Marawi City after the Department of Energy donated 200 units of the battery-powered vehicle to the war-torn city amid ongoing rehabilitation efforts, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Saturday.
"Marawi residents will soon experience e-trikes for transport and livelihood opportunities. To ensure sustainable operations, Marawi City shall establish charging stations on the road," Roque said in a press conference in Cebu.
Each e-trike can fit up to 6 passengers and can be charged through common electrical outlets, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a statement.
"More than having an energy-efficient mode of transportation, the DOE E-Trikes for Marawi will provide livelihood to its beneficiaries and jumpstart economic activities in the area," Cusi said.
The government initially earmarked P5 billion to rehabilitate the Islamic City that was destroyed after a 5-month war between state forces and Islamic State-linked terrorists.
Earlier this month, Task Force Bangon Marawi chief Eduardo del Rosario said the conflict cost over P17 billion: about P11 billion in property damage and P6.6 billion worth of economic opportunities.
More than 1,000 were killed, mostly terrorists, and more than 300,000 were displaced from the city and nearby towns during the siege.
The city, along with the rest of Mindanao, remains under martial rule as government cited remaining security threats.