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April 28th, 2009

Formulation of the Philippines’ EST Strategy

The overall objective of this endeavor is to develop and mainstream EST strategies that are sensitive to future development scenarios. Strategies should be developed considering future development scenarios such as vehicle growth, level of urbanization, population density, and economic growth. The overall goal of the strategy may be seen in the following:

  • Reduction of the annual growth rate of energy consumption and associated green house gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector in urban areas of the country;
  • Enhance sustainable mobility through the development of a viable market for environmentally sustainable transport (EST) goods and services, which involves, among others, the promotion of transportation systems of low carbon intensity and shift towards the use of more sustainable transport modes.

The initiative is primarily intended for the identification of priority challenges in the context of EST that would need to be addressed through the formulation of strategies. These strategies will have specific targets, incorporate multi-sector commitments, and recommend measures for the promotion of EST in Philippines.

The formulation of the National EST Strategy is a joint undertaking of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – the national focal agencies. It is facilitated and assisted by the National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS) of the University of the Philippines (UP) as the national collaborating center.

The formulation of a National EST Strategy and action plan for the Philippines is supported by the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) and the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center through the Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) Program. The SUMA Program is supported by the Asian Development Bank through a grant from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. See www.cleanairnet.org/cai-asia.