The DOTR Low Carbon Transport project presents

Virtual Business Development Workshop 1

OCTOBER 20-22, 2020

Registration is now open

Join the conversation with policymakers, national agencies, local government units, and Electric Vehicle companies.

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Message from the Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation together with the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility is working towards the creation of an enabling environment that will commercialize low carbon urban transport systems in the Philippines.

We acknowledge that the transport sector will play a big role in helping reduce GHG emissions and air pollution therefore it is high time to develop and enforce solutions to mitigate its adverse climate impacts not only to the environment, but to the public health of Filipinos. On this front, the promotion of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and EV mass supply is one of the top priorities of the Department.

One of the key components of the LCT project is to support the development of policies at the local and national level. One example is supporting the passage of the Electric Vehicle and Charging Stations Act and we are glad that the bills in both chambers of Congress are advancing. We are optimistic that this important piece of legislation will hurdle through Congress and hopefully be signed into law before 2022. Alongside policy development, the LCT Project is actively collaborating with various local government units in the adoption of low carbon transport and sustainable mobility plans and programs in their cities.

The LCT Project also envisions for an increased private sector participation in the widespread deployment and commercialization of low carbon transport systems. It is expected that the project will lead to increased employment opportunities and generation of green jobs for local manpower in the deployment, operation and maintenance of low carbon vehicles, support infrastructure, and related value chains. The Business Development Workshop is one of the activities that bring together key actors in the LCT sector to achieve these goals. It is our hope that this workshop will pave way for developing mechanisms to leverage additional financing from public and private sources, including business planning and demonstrating commercial viability of investments and operations.

The Promotion of Low Carbon Transport Systems in the Philippines calls for a concerted effort from the government, private sector, civil society and development agencies. We, at the Department of Transportation believe that the future of sustainable transport shall include the development and commercialization of EVs in the Philippine market. Through our integrated efforts, we may be able to transition towards a more socially acceptable and environment-friendly transport system that will benefit the environment, the economy, and most importantly the Filipino people.



Assistant Secretary, Office for Road Transport and Infrastructure National Project Director, Promotion of Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems Project

Message from the Office of Transportation Cooperatives

We, at the Office of Transportation Cooperatives support this Business Development Workshop being facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), to further advance investment opportunities and promote the Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems (LCT) in the Philippines. It is worthy to note that transport cooperatives were considered as one of target project participants to this significant undertaking.

We believe that the LCT Project and this workshop exercise complement the objectives and key components of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP). The Duterte administration is seriously and aggressively advocating the implementation of the PUVMP and since it requires a general overhaul of the current public transport system in the country, it poses an enormous challenge to the future of transport cooperatives (TCs) as public service providers. It necessitates TCs to immediately start the path of transformation and escape from the conventional way of running its day-to-day operations. Remodeling and upgrading the business models, systems and procedures should be adopted having in mind the urgency to protect the environment and welfare of the commuting public, as well. Focus on how to technically and financially equip yourselves so that you will be able to effectively and efficiently respond to the new demands and requirements of being a public transport service provider and economic enterprise, roll into one. Use this event as one of your platforms to build new road and track leading to genuine change. While the PUVMP is a non-infrastructure flagship undertaking of DOTr, it cannot fully implement the same without the support and involvement of other branches in government, as well as the non-government organizations or development partners such as the UNDP.

We, at the Office of Transportation Cooperatives, together with our accredited transport cooperatives, are glad that despite the limitation brought about by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, DOTr and UNDP remained firm and decisive in pushing through with this well-principled activity through online scheme. We totally support this undertaking for we believe in its intent to promote clean and green public transport while providing clear investment prospects. We also look forward to the success of this workshop activity and thank you UNDP for considering our accredited transport cooperatives as one of your target-participants.



Executive Director, Office of Transportation Cooperatives


DAY 1 / TUESDAY, 20 October 2020

Time Activity Speakers
12:00 - 13:00 Login and Registration  
13:00 – 13:15 Welcome Remarks
What are the ways forward for the LCT sector as the country adjusts to the new normal?
ASec. Mark Steven Pastor
Road Transport and Infrastructure Department of Transportation
13:15 - 13:45 Keynote Address 1
Adapting to a post-pandemic world
Mr. Enrico Gaveglia
Resident Representative, a.i. United Nations Development
Programme Philippines
  Keynote Address 2
What can the public transport sector expect over the next 12 months, as the country adjusts to the new normal?
Sec. Arthur P. Tugade
Secretary Department of Transportation
13:45 – 14:45 Session 1: Government Support Programs and Services for PUV Operators Affected by the Lockdown
The livelihood of drivers and other workers in the public transportation sector has been severely affected by the mandatory COVID lockdowns. Among the most vulnerable are the first movers to jeepney modernization, who are now unable to service the loans they incurred to purchase new vehicles.

Session 1 will present various programs and initiatives of various government agencies that support the vulnerable segments of the public transport sector. The discussions will involve subsidies and other mechanisms that augment revenues, reduce costs or defer payment to outstanding financial obligations. Each speaker is tasked to outline the benefits of their program, who the intended beneficiaries are, and how these beneficiaries can apply for support.

Moderator: Mr. Coy Navarro, Business Acceleration Specialist, UNDP


ASec. Steven Pastor
Road Transport and Infrastructure
Department of Transportation

ATTY. MARK STEVEN C. PASTOR is the current Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure of the Department of Transportation wherein he also previously served as Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs and Officer-inCharge of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administrative Service. In 2018, he was among the Filipinos who were invited to the US to take part in the International Visitors Leadership Program, the US State Department's premier exchange program. Asec. Pastor is an alumnus of San Beda College - Manila (now San Beda University) where he finished both his law degree and his Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce (International Business and Entrepreneurship).

Ms. Maricel Deloria
Assistant Bureau Director
Program Management Bureau
Department of Social Welfare and Development

MARICEL C. DELORIA, MNSA, is currently the Assistant Bureau Director of the Program Management Bureau, which led the implementation of the DSWD-Social Amelioration Program. She was part of the Social Amelioration Card Technical Working Group which developed the registration process of SAP beneficiaries and coordinated the disbursement of SAP subsidies particularly the implementation of the digital payment scheme in collaboration with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the Land Bank of the Philippines and their partner Financial Service Providers. After completing her tour of duty as a Social Welfare Attaché in 2018, she served as Chief of the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center of the DSWD Disaster Response Management Bureau. She is a registered Social Worker and an advocate of the rights of women, children and PUV drivers.

Mr. Generoso S. David
Assistant Vice President of Programs Management Dept. II
Land Bank of the Philippines

GENEROSO S. DAVID has been working with LANDBANK since 1991. Trained as an engineer, acquired a license in Civil Engineering and a masterate holder in Business Management and in Public Administration. It has been 29 years from being appointed as an assessor of agricultural lands to moving his position on the lending operations of the Bank until the present time. AVP David is one of the contributors for the successful implementation of various multi-million dollar Official Development Assistant Projects and the wit behind the development of diverse innovative lending programs of the Bank. He also represented the Bank as a resource person in several local and international meetings or conference. Outside of work, Mr. David is a painter and does photography as a hobby.

14:45 – 15:00 Question and Answer  

DAY 2 / WEDNESDAY, 21 October 2020

Time Activity Speakers
12:00 - 13:00 Login and Registration  
13:00 – 13:15 Day 1 Recap and Announcements Moderator: Mr. Coy Navarro, Business Acceleration Specialist, UNDP
13:10 – 14:10

Session 2: LGU practices in working with the PUV sector

Modernizing the public transport sector requires an understanding of the needs of each local government unit (LGU), and a patch to rationalizing these various interventions under a coherent national plan. One way to achieve this is to hear examples of effective bottom-up interventions by leading LGUs, and disseminating these practices for adoption in other locations where they are applicable and replicable.

Session 2 will present four LGUs that have taken the initiative to optimize their own public transport system, with a view to reduce passenger queuing and travel times, and improve local air quality.

Each speaker will contextualize each intervention, discuss the policy framework and implementation mechanism behind the intervention, and highlight key partnerships with private sector players that proved instrumental to their success.

Moderator: Mr. Coy Navarro


Ar. Donna G. Rillera-Tabangin
City Planning and Development
Office Baguio City

Co-speakers: EnP Teodorico S. Abad and Ar. Rolando B. Bautista

DONNA TABANGIN is a licensed Architect and Environmental Planner with 23 years of experience in the Applied Sciences as a Faculty of the School of Engineering and Architecture of Saint Louis University (SLU) where she taught Computer-Aided Design and Geographic Information Systems in the graduate and undergraduate programs. Adjunct to this, she was the Officer-inCharge of the Engineering and Urban Planning Research Laboratory. She recently assumed a new position as Baguio City’s City Planning and Development Coordinator.

She finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at Saint Louis University and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning. She has obtained advanced professional certifications such as Geographic Information Systems for Land Evaluation at the School of Earth Sciences in the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; Communications and Technology for Disaster Management at the United States Telecommunications Training Institute at Washington D.C.; and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management at Coventry University, United Kingdom.

In 2016, after a stint as a visiting researcher at University of California Berkeley, she founded the SLU Incubator for Research, Innovation and Business (SIRIB Center). This Center has evolved to become a TechHub which is one of the first 5 TechHubs in the Philippines.

Engr. Noel Hechanova
CENRO, Iloilo City

Engr. Noel Z. Hechanova holds a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning and a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV). He is a registered Environmental Planner and certified Professional Industrial Engineer by profession. He is currently the Department Head of the City Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of the Iloilo City government.

Mr. Robert Anthony C. Siy III
Head, Transport Development and Management, Pasig City

ROBERT ANTHONY SIY is a transport planner and economist. He works on improving local transportation by developing solutions and strategies for public and private authorities looking for a way out of traffic congestion. He worked at the Department of Finance prior to becoming a member of the 2015-2016 cohort of Chevening scholars. During his Chevening stint, he completed a degree in Transport Economics at the Institute for Transport Studies of the University of Leeds.

He is a member of AltMobility PH, a group of ordinary citizens and urban transport experts advocating for sensible and humane transport policies that create a safe, accessible, inclusive, dignified and sustainable system, and recognize the needs of pedestrians and commuters above all other interests.

Mr. Robert Cang
Public Transport Alliance of GenSan
General Santos City

ROBERT CANG is presently the President of the Public Transport Alliance of GenSan (PTAG) and the Chairman of the Lagao Drivers Operators Transport Cooperative (LADOTRANSCO) in General Santos City. PTAG is one of the country’s major transport cooperatives comprising 11 groups and with around 2,000 individual members. It is also the first Mindanao transport cooperative to comply with the national Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) headed by the Department of Transportation.

He also worked as an Overseas Filipino Worker in Saudi Arabia as a trailer driver prior to settling back in the Philippines.


Mr. Robert Cang
Public Transport Alliance of General Santos City

14:10 – 14:20 Question and Answer  
14:20 – 14:50

Session 3: Understanding the Market Opportunity in the Logistics and Cargo Transportation Sector

The increase in e-commerce and home delivery transactions during the COVID lockdown accelerated the growth of the last mile cargo transport sector in the Philippines. This may provide an opportunity for transport corporations and cooperatives that have underutilized passenger fleets to repurpose their assets and develop a new revenue stream.

Session 3 will present two of the leading e-commerce companies in the Philippines. Each speaker will share their views on how the warehousing and logistics for last mile deliveries is evolving, and what key trends interested third party logistics providers must take note of within the next 12-18 months. The speakers will also share their view about the growing sustainability movement in the e-commerce sector, and how this may affect how they do business in the future.

Moderator: Mr. Coy Navarro


Atty. Jenicka Hosaka
Public Affairs Manager
Grab Food Philippines

ATTY. NICKA HOSAKA handles policy and regulatory matters, as well as stakeholder management for Grab in the Philippines. A lawyer by profession, Nicka leads Grab’s compliance with regulatory rules and legislation. She works with the public affairs and public relations teams in ensuring constant engagement with Grab’s stakeholders including legislators, regulators, government agencies, and non-profit groups. Part of her role is working with Grab’s partners in developing policies on digital inclusion, responsible use of technology and building economic opportunities in the digital market.

She is a member of the EComPHL Community, together with other digital players, advocating for the implementation of the Department of Trade and Industry’s E-Commerce Roadmap. Prior to joining Grab, Nicka was the local legal counsel of publicly-listed company Sea Limited, the Singaporean parent company of ecommerce platform Shopee. While at Shopee, Nicka provided legal advice to the various business teams in ensuring compliance with relevant laws on consumer protection, data privacy and intellectual property.

Nicka obtained her BA in Communication from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2006 and her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo Law School in 2010 where she graduated with honors. Since then, she has gained significant experience in corporate and investment law both here and abroad. After working as an associate at a Philippine law firm, she moved to Yangon as a Foreign Consulting Attorney at Kelvin Chia, an International Law Firm headquartered in Singapore, where she handled investment projects in the telecommunications, infrastructure, and mobile banking industries in the dynamic Myanmar market. She is a parttime law professor and mentor to aspiring business lawyers. Apart from her role in Grab as Public Affairs Manager, Nicka is also Grab’s official spokesperson.

Ms. Dannah Majarocon
Managing Director
Lalamove Philippines

Dannah is the Managing Director of Lalamove Philippines, the ondemand delivery app known for its iconic orange hummingbird
and fast delivery. Before she was appointed as Managing Director, she served as the Operations Director during Lalamove's early days, focusing on day-to-day driver operations, which is the core of the company. Prior to Lalamove, Dannah has always been inclined to new innovations, starting from Groupon, to Globe Telecom, and to Mynt. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ateneo de Manila University.

Lalamove, Asia’s leading on-demand delivery service, is present in over 200 cities and 12 countries. It has been supporting SMEs in Manila and Cebu since 2016 with brands Lalamove, LalaFood, and Lalamove Logistics. With its rapid growth and technological edge, Lalamove’s presence in the country is undeniable.

Partner drivers are without a doubt the core of Lalamove’s business. Enabling them to earn at their own time using their vehicles, Lalamove provides a source of livelihood to more than 100,000 partner drivers, uplifting them to provide for their family and reach their dreams. At the same time, Lalamove supports micro, small and medium enterprises, and even multinationals and established businesses, to reach more customers through ondemand delivery. With the wide array of vehicles and services built for businesses, Lalamove certainly empowers Filipino entrepreneurs and businesses to fulfill their passion. Since 2016, the company’s story has always been about moving what matters for partner drivers, business clients and everyday customers by making deliveries fast and easy. Whether it be for their family, passions, or dreams, Lalamove will make sure to uphold the quality and exceptional service to complete hundreds of thousands of deliveries. Lalamove has moved the lives of many - partner drivers, business clients, and everyday users, by delivering possibilities faster.

14:45 – 15:00 Question and Answer  

DAY 3 / THURSDAY, 22 October 2020

Time Activity Speakers
12:00 - 13:00 Login and Registration  
13:00 – 13:10 Day 2 Recap and Announcements  
13:10 – 13:50

Session 4: State of Innovation in the Philippine LCT Sector

The global trend of electrifying various modes of passenger and cargo transportation, and the relatively low barrier to entry of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing presents an opportunity to the Philippines to develop its local automotive industry. While numerous startups have responded to this opportunity, most of them are unable to scale effectively due to limitations in both financing and technology.

Session 4 will present how a stronger linkage between universities, research institutions and technology startups can address some of the challenges the electric vehicle sector is facing at the moment. Each speaker will be asked to share their areas of research, highlight what kind of potential applications these can have in the private sector, and how these can be commercialized in the coming months.

Moderator: Mr. Coy Navarro, Business Acceleration Specialist, UNDP


Dr. Manuel Biona, Ph.D.
Executive Director, EVAP
Faculty, De Lasalle University

DR. JOSE BIENVENIDO MANUEL M. BIONA, PH.D. is currently a Professor of the College of Engineering of De La Salle University and Executive Director of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines. He recently finished his term as Director of the Center for Engineering and Sustainable Development Research of De La Salle University and was also formerly Director of the Center for Research and Training of Don Bosco Technical College.

His research area includes sustainable and accessibility modeling and optimization of transport and energy systems and life cycle assessment. His more recent work mostly focuses on modeling public responses and cost and benefit analysis of sustainable mobility policies and interventions. He has extended consulting services to a number of local and international organizations in his field and has led a consortium of universities and industry partners on the conduct of the DTI sanctioned review and formulation of strategies and policies to guide electric vehicle adoption and industry growth in the country.

Dr. Edwin N. Quiros
Project Leader
UP Vehicle Research and Testing Laboratory

Prof. Lew Andrew Tria
UP Electrical and Electronics

LEW ANDREW TRIA is currently an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia and his MS and BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman. His research interests include power electronics and energy systems such as solar photovoltaics and electric vehicles.

13:50 – 14:00 Question and Answer  
14:00 – 14:45

Session 5: Optimizing the PUV Business to Adapt to a Post-Pandemic World

Technology will play a central role in optimizing the movement of people and goods over the next five years. While electrification will be a major trend sweeping through the transport sector, so do will the adoption of commuting software that optimizes supply and demand in the informal public transport sector, and contactless payment systems that are not only convenient but also necessary in a post-COVID environment.

Session 5 will present three technology companies that offer solutions that make the transport sector more efficient at a vehicle level, at a fleet level, and at a city level. Each speaker will provide a background about their company and outline the various products and services they offer. Finally, they will explain how their products can be accessed by potential customers.

Moderator: Mr. Coy Navarro,


Mr. Philip Cheang
Sakay Mobility Pte. Ltd.

PHILIP CHEANG is CEO and co-founder of Sakay, a startup solving the challenges of informal transit in the developing world. In Manila alone, the website and app helps tens of thousands of commuters everyday, and has served more than ten million searches in the past two years.

Philip previously co-founded By Implication, an award-winning software development firm that has served clients like Globe, Smart, the World Bank, the Philippine government, and various social enterprises and Fortune 500 companies.

Philip graduated in 2010 from the Ateneo de Manila University, where he was also an instructor for four years, teaching Web Design and Information Architecture.

Mr. Saurav Kumar
Founder and CEO
Euler Motors

SAURAV KUMAR is the CEO and co-founder of Euler Motors, an automotive start-up focused on transforming transportation in the country with electric vehicles. He leads product development and business functions.

Saurav is an innovator who is fascinated with technology and work on driving advancements that helps to make lives better. Before Euler Motors, Saurav co-founded Cube26 Software Pvt. Ltd, a successful mobile technology platform that helps to improve consumer engagement experience. Cube26 was funded by Tiger Global and Flipkart. Cube26 was acquired by Paytm at the beginning of 2018.

An alumnus of Delhi College of EngineeringAn alumnus of Delhi College of Engineering, he had successfully raised funds from DSIR to build an autonomous ground vehicle. After completing engineering, he joined INRIA in France where he worked on the next generation of Driving Assistance Systems to mitigate roadside accidents. Later, he joined Cornell University’s Master’s program in Computer Science focusing on Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing. During his Cornell days, he worked on building a machine learning and computer vision system for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles that received the accolade from the Office of Naval Research, U.S.A.

Ms. Kyle Tinga
Global Electric Transport
Sustainable Transport Specialist

KYLE TINGA is the Sustainable Transport Specialist for GET Philippines, an electromobility and smart solutions company. GET manufactures and operates the COMET Electric Vehicles (EVs) and aims to provide sustainable, intelligent and inclusive transportation solutions, guided by the Company’s pillars: green mobility, smart technology and social enterprise.

Kyle is a graduate of University College London, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and a Master’s Degree in Transport and City Planning. Her work in the field of electric jeepneys encompasses route planning, project development, and research into the transition from private to public transport.

Mr. Paolo Mutuc
Principal Consultant
Frost and Sullivan

PAULO MUTUC is Principal Consultant at Frost & Sullivan’s Mobility Practice. Paulo leads strategy and research consulting projects for automotive and transport industry clients in the AsiaPacific, particularly for Southeast Asia. He has a Master’s in Public Policy from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (Tokyo, Japan) and is an alumnus of De La Salle University (Manila, Philippines).

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Paolo Mutuc
Principal Consultant Frost and Sullivan

14:45 – 15:00 Question and Answer