Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Santa Rosa City, Laguna
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport with Santa Rosa City, Laguna

A.

Santa Rosa City officially a pilot city for the Promotion of Low Carbon Transport Systems Project of the DOTr

August 18, 2020—Santa Rosa, Laguna

The City of Santa Rosa (Laguna) through Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas recently signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the DOTr as one of the pilot cities under the DOTr-UNDP Promotion of Low Carbon Transport Systems in the Philippines (LCT) Project. Under the partnership agreement, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) shall explore collaborative ways with Santa Rosa City to create an enabling environment for the commercialization of low carbon urban transport systems including the increased deployment of hybrid and electric vehicles.

As pilot city, Santa Rosa will be provided capacity development support in terms of transport study and planning; investment promotion; private sector participation and installation of support facility; green image building; and identifying employment opportunities in the low carbon transport sector.

In promoting sustainable mobility in urban cities, it is critical to underscore the role of the Local Chief Executive and City Council as advocate and champion of green initiatives. It also requires openness to change and political harmony, using a whole-of-government approach, in order to establish effective collaboration towards the implementation of these changes. With Santa Rosa nearing the finalization of its draft Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) for submission to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the public can expect more initiatives that will make mobility in their city more environment-friendly and sustainable.

Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Santa Rosa City, Laguna
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport with Santa Rosa City, Laguna

B.

Legal and Financial Requirements of Procuring and Operating a Low Carbon Fleet

One of the roadblocks in enabling the transition of fleet operators to modernizing their fleet to low carbon vehicle alternatives is the lack of information and awareness on the requirements and policies of the agencies involved in the process. Under the Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems (LCT) Project which aims to increase the participation and investment of the private sector in low carbon transport systems, the Project commissioned a report which outlines policies, challenges and step-by-step process involved in the procurement and operation of a low carbon fleet.

The target users of the report are PUV operators and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers who are willing to transition under the PUV modernization program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The LCT Project plans to package and publish the report as a knowledge product to be circulated among the target audience. Through this information, PUV operators will be able to easily identify which phase of the process they are in and what steps they need to take in order to progress to the full transition.

As of date, the report is being circulated within the DOTr and its attached agencies for finalization prior to being approved and accepted by the LCT Project’s Technical Working Group.

C.

DOTr-UNDP LCT Project is Co-Presentor at the 8th Philippine Electric Vehicle Virtual Summit

The Low Carbon Transport Systems (LCT) Project supports the holding of the 8th Philippine Electric Vehicle Virtual Summit on September 24 – 26, 2020 which is an annual event organized by the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP).

For the past seven years, EVAP has hosted the Philippine EV Summit (PEVS) with the goal of bringing together industry stakeholders from the private sector, government, academe and the public to discuss the challenges and solutions in mainstreaming EVs in the country while showcasing latest innovations in the sector. In July 2019, the two-day 7th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit was held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City with the theme: “Modernizing the Transport Landscape: Driving Sustainable Growth”. Aside from electric tricycles, cars and SUVs, the Summit displayed jeepneys participating in the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization (PUVMP) program.

With the theme “Moving Forward to an Electrified Mobility in the New Normal”, this year’s event shall be held virtually to observe social distancing and safety protocols due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Transportation (together with its attached agencies) through the LCT Project will be a co-presenter at the virtual summit.

As one of the lead agencies involved in championing the EV industry alongside the Department of Energy and Department of Trade and Industry, the DOTr shall participate in the duration of the program including facilitating the session on the Promotion of Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems in the Philippines. The Chief of the LTO is also invited to present the session on Policy Dialogue with LTO and Revisiting EV Guidelines and serve as panelist for the session on Policy Measures to see more EVs on the ground post-COVID. The DOTr Secretary was also invited to give the welcoming remarks for the virtual summit.

D.

Iloilo City and its Development Partners Work Towards Sustainable Mobility

Last 03 August 2020, the Promotion of Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems in the Philippines (LCT) Project met with the representatives of the Iloilo City local government to discuss the development of the city’s Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) and Sustainable Mobility Plan. The objective of the meeting was to revisit and harmonize the support and outputs being provided for the city in light of the COVID 19 pandemic.

The LCT Project is providing technical assistance to the LPRTP development of Local Government Unit (LGU) by providing green lens in the development of the plan. The LCT Project also plans to initiate transport initiatives for the improvement of the City’s LPTRP. Moving forward, LCT Project identified the need to conduct a Needs Assessment Workshop on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the transport sector. The Project likewise supports the assessment and completion of the City’s LPTRP by September 2020. With these new developments and partnerships underway, the City of Iloilo is looking forward to a strengthened and more effective collaboration with LCT Project in crafting the City’s sustainable transport and mobility plan.

Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Iloilo City
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Iloilo City
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport with Iloilo City
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Iloilo City
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Iloilo City
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport with Iloilo City
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Santa Rosa City, Laguna
The consultation workshop conducted following the social distancing protocols.
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Santa Rosa City, Laguna
Members of the Local Public Transport Route Plan Team posed for a photo ops signifying their dedication and participation for the drafting and finalization of the LPTRP of the City.
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Santa Rosa City, Laguna
Mr. Mark Tacderas, LCT Project Transport Especialist providing inputs remotely during the workshop.

E.

LCT Project provides support to the Local Government Unit of Baguio City during the Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) consultation with stakeholders

September 10-11, 2020—Baguio City, Benguet

The city government held a public consultation workshop with stakeholders to gather their inputs on crafting the draft of the City’s Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPRTP). The event was attended by the pertinent city government offices, representatives from the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRBB) and private sectors. Baguio City is one of the four (4) pilot cities of the Promotion of Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems (LCT) in the Philippines Project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Project provides support to the City in implementing activities related to creation of enabling environment for the commercialization of low carbon urban transport systems.

The LPTRP is a requirement to local government units (LGUs) under the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVM) which aims to develop a re-structured, modern, and environmentally sustainable transport sector. The LCT Project provides technical support services in incorporating the green lens aspect of the plan.

The first day focused on the presentation and discussions of the following agenda:

  1. Process on the creation of Baguio City LPRTP Team; The 17-man team is composed of representatives from the offices that are significantly contributing to the agenda of public transport in the city. To name;
  1. Mayor’s Office
  2. City Engineering Office (CEO)
  3. City Council Office- Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Traffic Legislation
  4. City Council- Committee on Public Works
  5. City Planning and Development Office (CPDO)
  6. Department of Public Works and Highways- Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO)
  7. Baguio City Police Office Traffic Enforcement Unit (BCPO)
  8. City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO)
  9. Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Baguio City Chapter
  10. Academic Institutions
  1. Discussion of traffic and transportation issues and concerns, presentation of the main contents of the LPTRP, data gathering procedures and the presentation of rationalized routes;
  2. Open forum

The LCT Project through the remote participation of our Transport Specialist, Mr. Mark Tacderas and PUVMP representative from DOTr, Ms. Joyce Rivera gave inputs during the workshop.

On the second day, members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of representatives from City Engineering Office (CEO), District Engineering Office, Traffic Enforcement, City Legal Office and in consultation with the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board LTFRBB, City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO), City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) resumed the discussions to consolidate, deliberate and consider the comments and suggestions gathered for the refinement of the routes and the LPTRP of the City.

From the inputs gathered from the workshop the finalization of the Baguio City’s Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) is fast tracked to end of this month on time for submission on the first week of October to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). The plan will provide assurance to the public of the interventions that will make local transport in the city more accessible and sustainable.

Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Santa Rosa City, Laguna
The consultation workshop conducted following the social distancing protocols.
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Santa Rosa City, Laguna
Members of the Local Public Transport Route Plan Team posed for a photo ops signifying their dedication and participation for the drafting and finalization of the LPTRP of the City.
Workplanning and needs assessment workshop on low carbon transport  with Santa Rosa City, Laguna
Mr. Mark Tacderas, LCT Project Transport Especialist providing inputs remotely during the workshop.

F.

Solons tackle proposed E-Vehicle, Charging Station Law

18 September 2020 – Fourteen (14) different bills on promoting Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations in the country are currently being deliberated by a Joint Committee at the House of Representatives, as Congress continues to deliberate initiatives on economic recovery.

The Fourteen House Bills, namely House Bill Nos. 444, 738, 1432, 2020, 4075, 4179, 4356, 4391, 4962, 6604, 7298, 7299, and 7317, seek to establish a regulatory and industry development framework that will encourage of electric vehicles, as well as charging stations in the country. Among the proposed measures under the proposed legislations include the granting of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to e-vehicle manufacturers, as well as incentives for e-vehicle users.

To deliberate the multiple House Bills filed in the lower chamber, the Joint Committee on Energy, Ecology, and Transportation, convened a Technical Working Group last 2 September 2020. Energy Committee Chairperson Rep. Joet Garcia presided the meeting, with representatives from the government, private sector, and civil society organizations in attendance. Following the solicitation of feedback from the resource persons, the TWG is expected to consolidate the House Bills into a single bill, to for approval by the joint committee prior to plenary sponsorship.

In a statement, Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Steven Pastor expressed full support of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to the proposed legislation. He adds that “The DOTr supports the enactment of bills into law that will provide for fiscal and non-fiscal support/incentives that would catalyze the industry by both end-users and manufacturer.” ASec. Pastor is concurrent

National Project Director of the Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems in Philippines (LCT), a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and DOTr.

Mr. Mario Tercero, LCT Program Manager, likewise shared his optimism on the promise of the proposed legislation. “The proposed [E-Vehicle and Charging Stations] bill,” he adds “will contribute in our efforts to reduce the energy consumption of the transportation sector, paving the way to the country’s lowering carbon footprint.”

The LCT is currently focused on developing policies, capacitating local and national government agencies, as well as collaborating with the private sector in promoting low carbon urban transport initiatives in the Philippines. The LCT is actively working with various government agencies in providing technical support for the proposed legislation
At the Senate, a consolidated bill under Senate Bill No. 1382 has been sponsored by Senate Energy Committee Chairperson Sherwin Gatchalian and is currently pending approval on Second Reading.