Now is the right time to look at the future of Dumaguete and let our policy makers ponder what is good for the people, not just the drivers and operators. Enter the electric tricycles age.
Commuters are willing to ride this new buggy to schools and offices and even leave their cars at home so long as there is a comfortable viable option to get to places.
The Sanggunian and City Mayor can arrange with DBP or any government bank to “trade in” the old tricycles for a new electric tricycles via legislation, and payable on easy terms.
The old ones can be sold to the towns at a give away price, which shall form as downpayment for the operator’s new electric tricycle unit.
Who is the operator who will not exchange his old unit with this zero fuel cost efficient vehicle and earn money?
It is a question of political will.
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