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Seminar-Workshop on EST for Cagayan De Oro City

20 September 2007, The Dynasty Court Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City

Summary

  • Hon. Constantino G. Jaraula, Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City, welcomed the participants to the seminar-workshop. Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J., President of the Xavier University, officially opened the program.

    Mayor Jaraula expressed the need to study the transport situation of his rapid-growing city. On the other hand, Fr. Villarin, S.J., conveyed the noble interest of his university in taking part as a stakeholder in mainstreaming the Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) in the city of Cagayan de Oro.
  • Dr. Jose Regin F. Regidor, Associate Professor of the College of Engineering, College of Engineering and Director of the National Center for Transportation Studies provided the overview of the project and the seminar-workshop.

  • Dr. Noriel Christopher Tiglao, Assistant Professor of the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG)/ National Center for Transportation Studies (UP-NCTS), delivered a presentation on mainstreaming environmentally sustainable transport (EST) in local and metropolitan development.

  • Dr. Karl N. Vergel, Associate Professor at the CE Department, UP College of Engineering/UP-NCTS, presented the different issues and concerns leading to EST, and related the need of the Philippines for an integrated national framework on EST.

  • Ms. Estrella F. Sagaral, City Planning and Development Coordinator (CPDO) of Cagayan de Oro City gave a bird’s eye view of the urban landscape of the city by showing excerpts of the on-going preparation of the city urban land use plans.

  • P/Sr. Supt. Filipino O. Amoguis (Ret.), Administrator of the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) of Cagayan de Oro City presented the existing traffic problems in the city:

    • Rapid growth of number of vehicles plying the city (PUVs/Private)
    • Small, congested/constricted streets/thoroughfares of the city
    • Limited bridges connecting East and West districts
    • Number of PUVs exceed the demand for available passengers
    • Presence of unauthorized/illegal terminals and stalled vehicles along restricted streets
    • Presence of vendors in the street and alleys/walk-ways/shoulder of the road and stock-piles along alleys/streets/ in front of establishments
    • Presence of out-of-line and off-routes PUJs, motorellas and tricycad
    • Lack of traffic lights in critical points, traffic signs, road/street markings/directional signs
    • Lack of discipline and education among drivers, motorist, conductors, riding public and pedestrians
    • Duplicated lines or service routes of motorellas

    Along with this, P/Sr. Supt. Amoguis staged his plans and projects of counter measuring these traffic problems. He presented three main thrust and projects, which are:
    • Oplan “Ten-X” – tapping ten systems of stakeholders to get involved in the solution or mitigation of the city’s traffic problems.
    • RTA Professionalization Program – a proposal that aims to professionalize the RTA organization and its personnel.
    • RTA Comprehensive Traffic System Program – a program that aims to educate the motorists, to enforce the traffic rules, and to engineer the city streets

  • A question and answer forum was opened among the participants and the first set of presenters. Concerns regarding the current traffic problems like traffic congestion along school and university belt in the city vis-à-vis the on-going city urban land use plans were raised by the participants. Enquiries on the apprehension of smoke-belchers in the city were also brought up.

  • Engr. Ben Salvador of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO), Cagayan de Oro, commenced the afternoon session. He presented the local efforts in the management of air quality in the city. Among the activities that his office have undertaken involve the anti-smoke belching campaign, in keeping with a city ordinance and the inspection and monitoring of industrial plants, factories and commercial centers through multi-partite monitoring team.

He further expressed the interest of the city to open a river taxi along the rivers banks that separate the city’s east and west districts. This is in coordination with the general aim of decentralizing the transportation haywire that begets the city proper.

Furthermore, he also presented the current air quality situation of the city. According to the data collected by the DENR-EMB in cooperation with the Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro’s Total Suspended Particles (TSP) exceeded the standard in one of the two monitoring stations while the observed SO2 concentration was still within the standard.

  • Mr. Valmar M. Valdez, CENRO of San Fernando City, La Union presented the Air Quality Management Program of the City of San Fernando, La Union. The program focused on the conversion of 2-stroke to 4-stroke engines of the city’s tricycle fleet.

  • Ms. Carlota V. Contreras, Officer-in-Charge of the Marikina City Bikeways Office made a presentation on promoting non-motorized transport (MNT) using the challenging and successful experience of the Marikina Bikeways Project. She pointed out the need for strong political will to effectively implement a bikeways program. She presented the efforts initiated by her office which include the construction of 66-km of bikeway network, a bicycle loan program (City Ordinance 92 Series of 2004, education program on bicycle safety through a Bicycle Camp, and advocacy activities on non-motorized transport through a ‘Carless Day’ event.

  • A workshop was conducted to identify key strategies in pursuing EST. The proposed activities were categorized into the following program areas:

    • Group 1 – Traffic Management
    • Group 2 – Land Use
    • Group 3 – Public Transport

  • Engr. Roberto G. Delfin, Chief of the Road Transport Planning Division of the DOTC, delivered the closing remarks in behalf of Engr. Ildefonso T. Patdu Jr., Director of Transportation Planning Service of the DOTC.

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