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Demand for electric vehicles increasing in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Energy Mindanao Field Office (DOE-MFO) has noted that there is a gradual increase in the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in Mindanao.

The DOE-MFO is expecting that this demand will soon peak following the full and continuous implementation of Republic Act No. 11697, or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA), and with the release of the Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry (CREVI).

“As of now, here in Mindanao, the demand for EVs is slowly rising because the law was just signed in 2022. Hopefully, with the roadmap to be released by the Department, we may increase the demand for EVs,” said Engr. Adrian Mel Delola, a science research specialist at DOE-Mindanao.

Delola shared that they are currently undertaking some mechanisms outlined in the CREVI and the EVIDA laws to boost the demand for EVs in Mindanao. Among these is the development of charging stations across Mindanao.

At present, based on the agency’s EV charging station locator (, there are already four EV charging stations in Mindanao.

Engr. Adrian Mel Delola, DOE-Mindanao Science Research Specialist, reveals that the demand for electric vehicles in Mindanao is gradually rising.

The two charging stations are located in a mall and at the DOE-MFO in Davao City, while the other two are installed in malls in Cagayan de Oro City.

There are also charging stations in the shops of the EV dealers in Mindanao.

Delola said that most EVs in Mindanao are primarily found in the thoroughfares of key cities, like Davao City.

To cope with the increasing demand for electric vehicles, DOE-Mindanao is fast-tracking the development and installation of more charging stations across Mindanao in collaboration with its stakeholders and partners. (Photo courtesy of SM Lanang Premier)

“Dili man ingon daghan compared sa Luzon and Visayas, but sa karon diri lang sa mga key cities in Mindanao (It’s not much compared to Luzon and Visayas, but as of now, it’s only found in key cities in Mindanao),” he added.

In terms of type, Delola said that most of these EVs in Mindanao are hybrids, or EVs that are powered by both electricity and fuel.

He admitted, though, that Mindanao currently has a limited number of EV dealers. Most of the EV units are shipped from Metro Manila.

Although there are incentives given to EV dealers or suppliers in terms of manufacturing and importation, as outlined in the EVIDA law, they are yet to attract more EV dealers in Mindanao.

Also, as part of promoting the use of EVs among the public, Delola said there are also incentives given to users, such as priority registration and renewal of registration, issuance of special type of vehicle plate by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and availment of training programs from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). 

Delola has called on the public to be open-minded on this kind of venture, saying, “Para pod ni sa atoa tanan para pod ni to shift to a more modern mode of transportation. Para naa pod tay alternative source of energy, especially sa atoang transport (This is for all of us anyways, for us to shift to a more modern mode of transportation. So we have an alternative source of energy, especially for our transport).”

He emphasized that EVs are not only environmentally beneficial but also have “lower running costs and lower maintenance costs.”

As of 2022, the Land Transportation Office data showed that there are a total of 9,666 EVs registered in the entire Philippines, he added.

One of the charging stations for electric vehicles installed at a mall in Davao City. (Photo courtesy of SM Lanang Premier)

Of the total figure, 8,105 are registered as electric motorcycles or tricycles, 347 as electric cars, 44 as electric buses, and 1,168 as electric SUVs. (ASO/PIA-XI/Thumbnail photo from SM Lanang Premier)

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