Promotion of Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems in the Philippines

STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN
Thomas M. Orbos
Policy and Regulatory Specialist

I. Introduction

The Philippines is one of the archipelagic nations that is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and hazards. Risks would include rise of sea level, increased frequency of extreme weather events, rising temperatures, and extreme rainfall.

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II. Methodology

With the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, strict implementation of health protocols is required, such as proper use of personal protective equipment, physical distancing, and proper hygiene, to help limit the spread of virus, the methods used in the crafting of SAP were recalibrated.

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III. Scope and Limitation

The SAP shall guide the DOTr in creating an environment for the commercialization of low carbon urban transport systems. This shall also serve as a support mechanism to the Strategic Actions on Sustainable Energy (Priority No. 6 of the National Climate Change Action Plan 2011-2028).

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IV. Results and Analysis

In the Deliverable 2 of this project, a gap analysis was conducted to document and understand the challenges encountered in the promotion and implementation of EST. Amongst identified include the inadequacy of policies and programs amidst existing policies in the country, particularly on emerging technologies on the use of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid vehicles.

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V. Cost Benefit Analysis

Transport is one of the major contributors of air pollution and energy-related GHG that accounts to 34% of the total GHG emission. Accordingly, road transport is the largest contributor (with over 80%).

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VI. Strategic Action Plan

Guided by the fundamentals of Sustainable Development Goal Number 11: Sustainable Transport; National Climate Change Action Plan 2011-2028 priority area number 6: Sustainable Energy, immediate outcome 3 (promotion and adaptation of Environmentally Transport); Philippine Plan of Action 2017-2022 Chapter 20: Ensuring Ecological Integrity, Clean and Health Environment; and Ambisyon Natin 2040: achievement of good transport facilities under the “Maginhawa” principle, a strategic action plan (SAP) is proposed to ensure the achievement of program goal.

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Thomas M. Orbos

Policy and Regulatory Specialist

This document was produced for review by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). It was prepared for the purpose of the “Promotion of Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems in the Philippines” Project.