The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), together with the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) in partnership with the Department of Energy (DoE) recently held the 9th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS).
The two-day online event with the theme ‘Accelerating the Switch to Electro-Mobility in the Philippines’ focused on fast-tracking electric vehicle (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.
“We need to step up our efforts to achieve our goals for rapid EV deployment and to do this, government and private sectors need to collectively reaffirm their commitment to do so,” EVAP president Edmund Araga said.
Thus, among the highlights of the event was the symbolic signing of a stakeholder memorandum of understanding aimed at speeding up the switch to electro-mobility by the year 2025.
Two-day digital conference
The first day of the online conference centered on dialogues about EV technologies and solutions. Opening Day 1 of the event were keynote messages by leaders from the public and private sectors — including House Committee on Energy chair Juan Miguel Macapagal Arroyo, DoE Secretary Alfonso Cusi and Senate Committee on Energy chair Sherwin T. Gatchalian. An official from the UK government, which will host this year’s COP 26, also participated in the online discussions.
The second day of — on the other hand — focused on the EV value chain development and market opportunities. Sessions about manufacturing of EV and batteries, establishment of charging network and infrastructure across the country and feasible business models for EV adoption were held.
The 9th PEVS also touched on updates about several developments for the EV adoption advocacy. These include the Senate and the House of Representatives’ respective versions of the Electric Vehicle and Charging Stations Act, the DoE’s recently released charging infrastructure guidelines and policy, and the Land Transportation Office’s administrative order about the classification, registration and operations of various types of EV.
The government is also working to attain the goals of its EV Industry Roadmap (2016-2024) as set by the Department of Trade and Industry — Board on Investments. PEVS will provide more details of these developments and a platform for the various sectors to share their views on the matters.