DENR-XI receives electric, hybrid cars and quick charging station from Mitsubishi

Department 2 electric carof Environment and Natural Resources Region XI recently received two (2) units of electric and hybrid vehicles and an electric vehicle quick charging station from Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) as part of their partnership in promoting clean energy and environmental protection. 
 
These said 2 units are Outlander PHEV (plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and i-MiEV electric vehicle.
Gracing the turn-over ceremony held at DENR-XI Regional Office in Lanang, Davao City are DENR Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan, MMC President and CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri and Davao City Councilor Danilo C. Dayanghirang who represented Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.
 
The 3 electric carOutlander PHEV, i-MiEV and EV quick charger are part of the donation made by MMC to DENR last June 2017 wherein five (5) units of Outlander PHEV, five (5) units of i-MiEV and four (4) units of EV quick chargers were delivered to DENR Central Office in Quezon City.
 
MMC President and CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said in his message during the short program that the turn-over of the electric vehicles and EV Charging Station is the result of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and DENR last February 2017 in which MMC under its corporate social responsibility program vowed to support DENR’s environmental projects which aims to reduce carbon footprints. As such, MMC also aims to promote electric and hybrid vehicle technology.
 
“We are elated that our i-MiEV and Outlander PHEV have finally reached the shores of Mindanao. We are positive that this will help promote MMC’s future projects for electric vehicles in the country and encourage more Filipinos to patronize the next generation cars,” he said.
 
President Oshikiri also said that he is looking forward to more environmental projects with DENR. He further encouraged everyone to continue to strive and do their part for a cleaner and healthier environment not only for today’s generation but most importantly, the future generation.
 
On4 electric car the other hand, Director Ruth M. Tawantawan expressed her gratitude to MMPC and to DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu for the turn-over of the vehicles and the quick charging station to DENR Davao Region. She stressed that the vehicles and charging station came at a right time because the Region needed additional vehicles to help achieve its growing targets for this year and the succeeding years.
 
“These alternative vehicles actively reduce the amount of carbon emitted into the environment and I say, any technology that actively reduces the amount of carbon created is welcome in the city declared as Air Quality Champion,” she stressed.
Director Tawantawan also emphasized that DENR, being the primary agency tasked in the management of the environment, tries its best to be pioneers in the use of sustainable energy and other ecologically-sound practices to model the principles that it preaches.
 
“We are glad that with this partnership, we can be among the first to use electric and hybrid vehicles in the city so that we can encourage more agencies, offices and people to invest in these alternative vehicles,” she said.
 
Moreover, 5 electric carDavao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio through Councilor Dayanghirang congratulated the partnership for the turnover of the electronbic vehicles and quick charging station which is another marking in environmental revolution.
 
She also commended MMPC for its initiative to push the technology of hybrid and pure electric vehicles in alignment with government’s campaign to reduce and prevent environmental pollution in the country.
 
“It is my hope that this technology will flourish as it not only benefit the environment but shall also promote better health for Filipinos. It is also my hope that this is just the beginning of a series of environmental initiatives to benefit not only this age but also the generations to come,” the Mayor stressed.
 
Also present during the event are DENR-XI’s Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Atty. Ma. Mercedes V. Dumagan, Chief for the Administrative Division Atty. Chelin Joan Sonza Alug, MMPC Sr. Vice President Yosuke Nishi, MMPC Vice President for Business Planning and Public Relations Renato S. Lampano and MMPC Sales and Marketing 1st Vice President Dante Santos. 

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Aboitiz to establish Pawikan Center in Davao City

Aboitiz Group of Companies will soon establish a pawikan rescue center and hatchery for marine turtles at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, Davao City.

Through a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the Aboitiz Group’s social development arm Aboitiz Foundation and AboitizPower business unit Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) and the City Government of Davao, the establishment of the Pawikan Center aims to provide temporary shelter to marine sea turtles where they can be rehabilitated, conserved and protected.

Signatories to the MOA are: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio; Aboitiz’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jaine Jose Aboitiz; and DENR’s OIC, Assistant Secretary for Eastern Mindanao in concurrent capacity as Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan.

“Aside from the many nests and eggs that have been discovered and protected, the Park has also served as a venue to inform and educate more visitors about the importance of safeguarding the pawikan and its natural habitat,” Aboitiz said.

With the signing of the MOA, Mayor Duterte said that the city government reiterates its commitment to the protection of the various species of Pawikan found in Davao City.

“And so we commend the Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated and the Davao Light and Power Company for your pawikan conservation efforts at the Cleanergy Park that has released 3,482 turtle hatchlings to date since the start of the operation. We also thank the DENR for the technical expertise and guidance you provided to ensure that the conservation efforts being undertaken are appropriate and will lead to the best possible results,” Duterte-Carpio said.

Moreover, Tawantawan stressed that the 8-hectare Punta Dumalag is a very special area as it is home to pawikan and also to 89 bird species and 7 kinds of mangrove vegetation.

“This very area is so rich and unique that it became also a habitat of other important flora and fauna. That is why DENR is very blessed to be working with the Aboitiz, with Mayor Sara and other officials who sincerely care for the environment. Surely, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu will be very pleased and grateful,” she added.

Tawantawan also said that pawikan particularly Hawksbill are critically endangered. “If we check on the reproductive cycle of turtles, their survival is very nil. Only 1 percent. And it takes so long for them to mature. That’s 20 to 50 years. That means, if they are not protected, the probability of extinction is very high,” she said.

Apart from protecting the nesting areas at the park, the Pawikan Center aims to identify, document, and address threats to marine turtles and their habitats in Punta Dumalag; promote research, monitoring and information exchange; enhance public awareness on the conservation initiatives in the area; and fortify the collaboration between the public and private sectors for the long-term recovery of pawikan population in the area.

The DENR will provide technical assistance, facilitate information and education campaign on marine turtle conservation, and establish Punta Dumalag as critical habitat for marine turtles, among others.

Meanwhile, the Davao LGU, through local ordinance, will strengthen the enforcement of existing laws relevant to the conservation efforts, assist the DENR in the establishment of Punta Dumalag as critical habitat for the marine turtles, provide manpower support for the project, and furnish DENR with monitoring reports. #TayoAngKalikasan

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