By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY — The local government of Malay town, Aklan province wants to get rid of the remaining gas-powered tricycles in world-famous Boracay Island by year-end.
In a memorandum order, Malay Mayor Frolibar Bautista has set a December 31 deadline for the conversion into electric tricycles (e-trikes) as an environmentally-friendly mode of transportation at the country’s most popular beach destination.
Bautista reiterated the pledge of the Malay local government in continuing to support the Duterte administration’s long-term rehabilitation of the resort island.
In 2013, the Malay Town Council passed a legislative measure for e-trike usage in Boracay. It was first implemented last year but was temporarily cancelled as owners and drivers were asking for extension as their livelihoods were negatively affected by Boracay’s six-month closure.
While 538 units of tricycles have been granted franchises to transport passengers in Boracay, only 350 have converted into e-trikes.
Bautista ordered the Malay Municipal Transportation Office to assist owners in converting the remaining 138 gas-powered tricycles.
Information Officer Aaron Richard Senday told the Manila Bulletin that incentives have been granted to lessen the burden of e-trike conversion.