May 31, 2021 By Paolo de Borja

Senate approves final reading on Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Act

Are you an advocate for electric vehicles in the Philippines? The Senate Bill No. 1382, or the Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Act, has been passed in the Senate.

The Bill was filed in March 2020 and authored by Senator Win Gatchalian and other members of the Senate. It is aimed to reduce the reliance on imported fossil fuels and to promote sustainable sustainable technologies for both private and public transports sectors

The Comprehensive Roadmap on Electric Vehicles (CREV) under the bill is an annual work plan to accelerate the electrification of the transportation sector. There are four components: (1) electric vehicles and charging stations, (2) manufacturing, (3) research and development, and (4) human resource development. This will be incorporated in the Philippine Energy Plan and the National Transport Policy.

Although several government agencies will be involved in the implementation, the Department of Energy (DOE) takes the lead in promoting EVs and the development of charging stations. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is tasked to streamline rules and requirements in regulating rates. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has also been entrusted as the primary agency to develop the EV and charging station component of CREV. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is assigned to develop EV demand generation, along with the regulation, registration, and franchising of EVs. Local Government Units are the ones responsible in identifying green routes in their respective Local Public Transport Route Plans consistent with the National Transport Policy. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) serves as the consultant for the DOE, DTI, DOTr, and other public and private stakeholders to make sure proper guidelines are implemented. Lastly, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is in-charge of charging stations and other EV infrastructure.

As EVs take more of an integral role in the global automotive industry, the passing of the Act in the Senate is a significant step for the country as we strive for more sustainable public and private transportation. It will also allow the country to be more independent from imported fossil fuels.

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