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DOTr’s Low Carbon Transport Project Maps Way Forward for Baguio City

Jan 23, 2020 | Baguio City, News

Creating an enabling environment for the commercialization of low carbon urban transport systems (LCT Project) remain as the imperative program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in its quest for an environment-friendly sustainable transport systems.

With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), DOTr selected Baguio City as a pilot city for implementation, given its ongoing challenges with traffic and transport especially during peak tourist season, and the City Government’s willingness and intention to aggressively address these through sustainable and environment-friendly interventions.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong of Baguio City said during the workplanning meeting in Baguio City on 21-23 January 2020, that low-carbon transport can provide potential solutions to the worsening air quality in the city. He said that the City Government is determined to implement aggressive actions for traffic and transport, and these would be supported by strong political will.

“Examples of ongoing and proposed interventions under my administration is the development of transport terminals and parking spaces in strategic locations around the city, and the formation of night teams to apprehend vehicles that continue to park along streets, among others,” said Mayor Magalong.

According to Mr. Mario Tercero, Project Manager, the LCT Project is implemented under the Office of the Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure, with UNDP as the development partner. Key government agencies including the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are members of the Project Board. Target beneficiaries are local governments, the DOTr, the private sector, and the riding public.

“It is through the implementation of pilot projects in key cities across the Philippines including Baguio City as one of the pilot LGUs and with strong support from local chief executive that emerging project like this can be replicated in many more cities,” he said.

Mr. Tercero added that among the potential benefits for the city’s participation in the Project are capacity development/ technical assistance, investment promotion and private sector participation, installation of support facilities, as well as other social and environmental benefits, image building, employment, and others. The Project envisions “A Low Carbon Economy through the promotion of low carbon transport systems for Baguio City.”

Attended by representatives from DOTr Road Transport and Infrastructure, LTFRB-CAR, NEDA-CAR, Academe, and LGU transport-related offices, the three-day event produced a joint workplan that reflects the city’s main priorities and activities in relation to traffic & transportation, as well as how the Project can provide appropriate support. During the workshop, chief traffic & transport issues were identified, the most urgent being the creation of a City Traffic & Transport Management Office, development of a Transport Master Plan, and the completion of the Local Public Transport Route Plan. As a final workshop output, a workplan containing objectives, activities, timelines, and responsible partners was developed.

Mr. Mario Tercero (UNDP) provides an overview of the LCUTS Project.

Dr. Mark de Guzman (SLU) describes the current traffic & transport situation in Baguio City.

Engr. Lalaine Sobremonte (LTFRB CAR) shares ongoing projects of the LTFRB, and current efforts of the PUV Modernization Program.

Regional Director Milagros Rimando (NEDA CAR) presents ongoing projects and activities in the BLISTT region.

The group makes clarifications and provides inputs during the open forum.

Mr. Mark Tacderas (Transport Specialist) presents good practices and lessons on low carbon urban transport systems in the Philippines.

Dr. Manuel Biona (DLSU) describes different options to implement low carbon urban transport systems.

Participants identify key traffic & transport issues in Baguio City.

Participants prioritize traffic & transport issues towards identifying key objectives/ outputs for the workplan.

Ms Rachel Basas (UNDP) picks up on the workshop activity from Day 1.

Groups develop activities to achieve the identified objectives.

Mayor Magalong strongly supports activities for low carbon urban transport.

Engr. Januario Borillo (Baguio City) gives updates on the development of the LPTRP for Baguio City.