PROMOTING the use of renewable energy is the primary purpose of the road-show of Sikat, the solar powered car Philippine-made car.

"We want people to be aware on the use of renewable sources of power like solar, wind, and water," Jonathan Go, a student of the De La Salle University and member of the team that created Sikat, said in a press conference Monday.

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"Raising awareness is also one way of battling pollution and protecting the environment," he added.

Last December 16, 2009, the Philippine Solar Car Challenge Society Incorporated launched Sikat, the second of its kind to be made in the country.

Now on its second leg of a nationwide tour, Sikat made rounds in Metro Manila, and will also be touring the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Cebu.

Go said the solar car will also be doing a road test on the Davao-Bukidnon stretch as it heads for Cagayan de Oro City.

Organizers of the road-show said the tour goes beyond showcasing a Philippine made solar car and that it was meant to generate pride for the Filipino people and the inherent technical talent, to highlight to rich potential for solar energy applications in our country.

"It is also a challenge for the youth to be the vanguard of technological innovation and environmental stewardship, particularly through the use of renewable energy," Go said. (CPM)