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Low Carbon Transport Project Eyes Partnership for Pilot Sites in Baguio and Iloilo

Oct 16, 2019 | Baguio City, Iloilo City, News

The Promotion of Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems (LCUTS) in the Philippines Project, an initiative of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), recently concluded its Project Presentation Workshops in Iloilo and Baguio cities on October 8 and 15, 2019, respectively.

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).

Mr. Mario Tercero, Project Manager of DOTr-UNDP LCUTS Project, explains to Mayor Treñas and other LGU representatives the components of the project and the benefits to Iloilo city as a pilot site.

Baguio City—DOTR-UNDP LCUTS team members present the project overview and proposal for being a pilot city to the Baguio City council representatives last October 15, 2019.

The DOTr-UNDP LCUTS Project Team with the representatives of the Iloilo City Municipal Office headed by Mayor Jerry Treñas last October 8, 2019, Iloilo City.

Baguio City—DOTR-UNDP LCUTS project team pose alongside the enthusiastic city council representatives of Baguio City and its Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan (center).