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DOTr, UNDP assists transport cooperatives in business recovery and strengthening sector resilience

Sep 29, 2020 | Events, News

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) through the Promotion of Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems (LCT) Project and in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines is holding a virtual Business Development Workshop for transport cooperatives and key actors in the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry on October 20 – 22, 2020.

With the theme “Achieving Resilience in the PUV Sector in a Post-Pandemic World”, the workshop is designed to support public transport cooperatives and associations, EV manufacturers/operators, and other key actors in the low carbon transport sector.

The discussions will focus on government support programs that are available to PUV operators heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; local and international good practices in engaging the PUV sector; market opportunities in the logistics and cargo transportation sector; and technology and business innovations in the low carbon transport sector especially in the context of a post-pandemic environment.

The workshop is also aimed at identifying transport cooperatives that are capable and willing to be assisted by the Project in transitioning to a low carbon fleet or expanding its fleet to include electric vehicles. Types of support include technical assistance in introducing business models and developing business and recovery plans considering additional revenue streams that can aid cooperatives amid loss of income due to passenger capacity limitations.

The LCT Project with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) aims to create an enabling environment for the commercialization of low carbon urban transport systems (e.g., electric and hybrid vehicles) in the Philippines through effective enforcement of sound policies and support for low carbon modes of transport in major cities of the country. The Project also highlights the critical participation and investment of the private sector in the widespread deployment of EVs and hybrid vehicles on the road.

Presently, the LCT Project works with four pilot areas particularly Baguio City, Santa Rosa City, Iloilo City, and Pasig City. Together with the local government of these pilot cities, the Project is supporting the application of green lens in the development of the local public transport route plan (LPTRP) including refining the criteria for green routes.

The workshop is one of the activities aimed to support PUV operators transition to greener modes of transport and to encourage more local governments to adopt and implement low carbon transport plans. By having sound policies and local capacity in place, it is intended to attract more investments in low carbon transport systems in the country.

The Business Development Workshop: “Achieving Resilience in the PUV Sector in a Post-Pandemic World” will be held virtually on October 20 – 22, 2020 via Zoom platform and livestreamed on Facebook, featuring speakers from national government agencies and local government units implementing low carbon transport systems; academic institutions; and industry players from the local and international EV space.