General Santos City was the pilot area of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for capacitation on the development of the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP). It was one of the first LGUs in the country that submitted a complete LPTRP. The Public Transport Alliance of Gensan (PTAG), as well as Metro GenSan Transport, are models for consolidation of transport associations and cooperatives, as well as for successfully accessing financing for its operations. The latter, in particular, was able to consolidate while shifting from three-wheeler to four-wheeler public utility vehicles (PUVs).
LCT Project facilitated the coordination and workshop upon articulation of Santa Rosa City LGU interest to learn from the practices of General Santos City LGU, especially that of the Public Transport Alliance of GenSan (PTAG) and Metro GenSan Transport. Both are public utility vehicle management cooperatives, which garner support not only from their community but also from national government agencies and international organizations for proving that cooperatives can run and manage an efficient and profitable public transport services.
As low carbon inputs to drafting a pilot city’s LPTRP is one of the concrete forms of assistance by LCT Project to LGUs, among others, the Project ensures that its goals are complementary with the vision of LGU Santa Rosa. Hence, this activity was crafted with LCT Project’s outcomes in mind, marrying with Santa Rosa City’s wish to benchmark on the PTAG and Metro GenSan Transport experience as well as with LGU General Santos City in crafting and submitting the LPTRP.