The LCUTS team met with Iloilo Mayor Jerry Treñas and other LGU officials in the morning of 08 October 2019 at the Iloilo City Hall. In the afternoon, the LCUTS team met with various LGU offices and conducted a stakeholder consultation workshop. Attending the workshop were representatives from the City Planning and Development Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, LTFRB-Iloilo, LTO-Iloilo, DENR-Environmental Management Bureau, as well as State Universities and Colleges in Baguio such as UP-Visayas, University of San Agustin, and Central Philippine University.
Meanwhile, the LCUTS Team presented the project to Baguio Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan and the Baguio City Council as well as the LGU Department Heads in the afternoon of 15 October, 2019.
The project presentations served as the entry point of the LCUTS team in LGUs identified as pilot sites of the project. These pilot cities were selected because of their rapid urbanization rates (tourists, traffic congestion, population, vehicle increase, air pollution, etc.); their plans and programs on sustainable mobility (esp. low carbon urban transport systems); and demonstrated political will towards adaptation of environment-friendly practices. In turn, some benefits the project may provide to the pilot cities are: capacity development (transport study/planning), investment promotion, private sector participation, installation of support facility, and social and environmental benefits, image building, employment, etc. In turn, the identified LGUs signified their expression of interest (EOI) to be a pilot site for LCUTS.
Both the Iloilo and Baguio City LGUs were supportive of the LCUTS initiative and are willing to embark on the next steps after the project presentation. Succeeding these meetings will be the conduct of public fora, identification of needs of the LGUs where the project can provide assistance, and capacitating the LGUs on policy support and private sector development, as well as the state colleges and universities on their potential to become the research and development hub for low carbon urban transport. Ultimately, it is hoped that the agreement between the Project and the LGU be institutionalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).