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Boracay to allow e-trikes, e-jeeps only; Bawal na iba!

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When Boracay Island reopens to tourists on Oct. 26, only electric passenger tricycles and jeeps will be allowed to operate there.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, head of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force, said this is part of prompting an environment-friendly public transport system.

“All the vehicles that will be used by tourists will be electric during the opening,” Cimatu said.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Region 6 director Richard Osmeña added electronic jeepneys will also operate in Boracay by October 26.

Osmeña said some 50 e-trikes are currently plying routes in Boracay. He said they aim to add 1,000 more units.

With the shift to e-trikes, some 2,000 motorized passenger tricycles will be phased out.

Meanwhile, Cimatu said Department of Energy secretary Alfonso Cusi will visit the island to check on the implementation of the program.

But tricycle drivers appealed to the government to provide them a franchise to operate e-trikes.

Osmeña said they are talking with the local government units to help the displaced drivers.

“No one will be displaced. We are looking for ways to help them. Maybe, the new operators could absorb the tricycle drivers,” he said.