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ACCORDING to the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), interest in electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow despite a debilitating pandemic, and major strides have been happening that aims to get closer to completing an EV ecosystem in the country.

Edmund Araga, EVAP President, during his speech at the opening of the 9th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS), said there have been major developments in the EV industry even while a pandemic is ongoing.

On the legislative side, he said the industry is hopeful about Senate Bill No. 1382 or the “Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Act” that was passed last May. At the same time, the House Bill 4075, the Lower House’s version of the Electric Vehicle and Charging Stations Act has already passed second reading. “We are all looking forward to its eventual passing, the bicameral deliberations, and finally, the signing into law within the term of the current Congress.”

As for infrastructure, the Department of Energy (DOE) released in July the charging infrastructure guidelines and policy. It covers the development, establishment, and operations of EV charging stations nationwide. “That circular provides a pathway for fiscal incentives to motivate businesses to put up and adopt EV charging stations,” Araga explained.

With regard to EV registration, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) recently issued an administrative order that consolidates the guidelines on the classification, registration, and operations of types of EV. Araga said this paves the way for further guidance for consumers’ purchase decisions and for local manufacturers to plan out strategies.

Araga noted as well that even the World Bank is currently supporting an EV Road Mapping program for the public transport sector in the country, in cooperation with the DOE, where the DOE just bided out a more comprehensive EV road mapping project.

These developments, he continued, will keep the industry busy in the months to come, and added that the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) is also working on the EV incentive strategy.

“We really have more than enough reasons to be optimistic and have something to look forward to,” Araga said.

The 9th PEVS was held together with the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) in partnership with the DOE. The two-day online event carried the theme “Accelerating the Switch to Electro-Mobility in the Philippines” and was held September 23 and 24, 2021.

The event focused on fast-tracking EV adoption in the local transport sector, which aligns with the national government’s goal to attain a low-carbon economy in the middle term.

Among the highlights of the 9th PEVS is the symbolic signing of a stakeholder Memorandum of Understanding aimed at speeding up the switch to electro-mobility by 2025.

Guests in the event, which featured dialogues about EV technologies and solutions, were leaders from the public and private sector such as House Committee on Energy Chairman Juan Miguel Macapagal-Arroyo, DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, and Senate Committee on Energy Chairman Sherwin Gatchalian. An official from the government of the United Kingdom, which will host the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26), also participated in the online discussions.

The 9th PEVS was organized with major sponsor Nissan Philippines, plus other sponsors such as Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, Power Equipment and Supply, Inc. (PESIN), Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. (MI), and Delta Electronics International (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

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