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Workers' union looks for opportunities even in times of difficulty: FFW calls for e-vehicles production to negate oil price hikes, create green jobs


January 16, 2012

 

Following its call to develop “green transportation alternatives” to abet oil price hikes, labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) has called on government to facilitate the production of electric vehicles in order to create green jobs.

“Conversion to electric vehicles will create employment particularly in the green jobs sector,” said Atty. Sonny Matula, National President of the 200,000-strong workers’ organization.

Green Jobs, as defined by the 1st Philippine Green Jobs Conference co-convened by the FFW in August, are jobs that reduce environmentral impact, contribute to climate change solutions and result to economic and social benefits to the community and workers.

“We are in the proces of  studying the impact of the manufacture and use of e-tricycles on employment. E-tricycles are believed to save money for tricycle drivers, as they no longer need to buy conventional fuel. It will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The manufacture and maintenance of e-vehicles is envisioned to create thousands of green jobs.

Electric Vehicle Program

The FFW is supporting the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) in partering with local government units and the private sector to promote and utilize alternative fuels technology for public transport and help them acquire e-vehicles like the e-tricycle.

E-tricycles with a seating capacity of six to eight passengers are designed with 6 kWh-lithium ion batteries, which can achieve a distance of 80 kilometers (km) to 100 km in a single charge. Lithium ion batteries are the same type of batteries that are found on laptops and mobile phones.

A loan facility amounting to US$ 500 M will be provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the introduction and adoption of energy efficient electric tricycles through the National Electric Vehicle Strategy. The program aims to deploy 100,000 electric tricycles with the use of lithium ion batteries in various key cities and provinces.

The cities of Mandaluyong and Taguig have already benefitted from the e-tricycle pilot project. E-jeeps have been operating in Makati, while a big bus company that plies the NCR to Central Luzon and Northern Luzon route has also committed to locally manufacture e-buses as early as August last year and convert its fleet of buses.

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