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Seminar-Workshop on EST for Iligan City

19 September 2007, Iligan City Sanggunian Session Hall, Iligan City

Summary

  • The seminar-workshop was opened by messages from Hon. Lawrence Lluch Cruz, Mayor of Iligan City and Dr. Olga Nuñeza, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, MSU-IIT, who was represented by Dr. Franco Teves.

    Mayor Cruz mentioned that Iligan City is one of the cities, if not the only city in the country that does not have tricycles.
  • 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.

  • Mr. Nelson Barranco of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) presented the city’s urban and transportation situation, as well as, the city’s initiatives in relation to Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST).

  • Institutional issues - It is quite notable that Iligan City has a traffic management code in place since 1972 and improvements were incorporated into the New Traffic Code in 2002. However, the main gap is provisions under the new code cannot be properly implemented due to lack of manpower and logistical resources.

    The creation of Iligan City Traffic Management and Engineering Board (ICTMEB) is included in the provision of the new Traffic Code. The main function of the Board is to monitor and evaluate, review and approved all traffic engineering and management schemes. At present the Board is undergoing re-organization and the composition of the Board needs some amendments. Some entities/agencies whose mandates are relevant must be included.

    A Transport and Traffic Management Study was conducted in 1998-99 under Philippine Regional Municipal Development Program (PRMDP) financed by AusAid. The Study focused on data collection relevant to traffic management and the formulation and evaluation of traffic management options for Iligan City. Among others, the Study proposed the institutionalization of a traffic management body, parking strategy and Traffic Impact Assessment for the city.

  • Road network development - Mr. Barranco mentioned that there is a need to complete missing links in the city’s road network in order to reduce travel time and improve accessibility. The most critical concern is the acquisition of road right of way. There is also a need to secure right of way for the proposed Circumferential Road 3.

    The proposed Circumferential Road 3 or C-3 will traverse approximately 18 km. of the city outskirts and will involve the construction of 5 bridges. It will be a 2lane highway with a 30 m. road right of way. The proposed alignment passes Barangays San Roque, Hinaplanon, Luinab, Del Carmen, Pala-o, Ubaldo Laya, Tubod, Sta. Elena, Suarez and will end at Nunocan (old Marawi Road). The said alignment will utilize some existing alignment particularly the section that would start from the Hinaplanon Bridge and that the existing section passing the Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal. Most of the sections would be entirely a new alignment.

    The C-3 project will help improve traffic circulation of the city streets by reducing the volume of vehicles passing through the existing highway. Appendix 1 shows the proposed alignment of C-3.
  • Use of Information and Communication Technology - Iligan City has developed capacity on Geographic Information System (GIS) over the years. GIS is a very useful tool in relating transportation and land use. GIS can be a repository of transport and traffic related information such as vehicle registration from LTFRB, road Inventory, land use, etc. The system provides opportunities to build and develop integrated and comprehensive models for transportation planning and quick assessment of traffic solution. However, there is a need to collection transport related data, updating of existing data holdings and the standardization of the data inputs.

    Iligan City undertook a Surveillance System Project that strategically installed video cameras in different locations for use in monitoring the peace and order situation in the city. There is a possibility to utilize the video cameras to monitor traffic congestion and traffic accidents, as well as, manage traffic enforcement personnel.
  • P/Sr. Insp. Andreo Emeterio Gomez from the Office of the Committee on Police, Traffic and Transportation, Public Safety and Order presented the traffic situation of the city. P/Sr. Insp. Gomez reported that there is a general increase in traffic accidents in the city. He also mentioned that majority of the accident occurrences have been resolved through amicable settlement.

  • An open forum ensued after the presentation slated in the morning. The identified key issues are as follows:
    • Anti-smoke belching efforts - Iligan City has an existing anti-smoke belching ordinance, however, anti-smoke belching activities were not pursued due to the non-existence of a Clean Air Act Council authorized under the ordinance. At present, the regional office of the LTO is undermanned and there is scope in enlisting the support of CENRO personnel.
    • Enforcement of existing laws - Prof. Bernabe Sanchez representing the local office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) expressed that generally we have already good laws in place, however, enforcement and full application of the laws is found wanting.

  • The afternoon session was commenced with a presentation by Ms. Carlota V. Contreras, Officer-in-Charge of the Marikina City Bikeways Office. Ms. Contreras 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. The Marikina Bikeways Project involved 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.

  • 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.
  • Dr. Karl N. Vergel made a presentation of issues on transportation and environment. He points out that there had been major but scattered efforts with respect to EST in Asia as well as in the Philippines which focused on vehicle emission control and transport demand management (with little focus on land use and urban activity). There is a need to for policy dialogues, exchange of information and experiences and capacity building of stakeholders especially at the national and local levels.
  • Prof. Metodia Trinidad, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at MSU-IIT presented traffic-related researches. Prof. Trinidad explained the development of a vehicle parking watch device. The vehicle parking watch device was installed in the MSU-IIT campus. The device responds to illegally parked vehicles without human intervention. The next phase of the study is to install the vehicle parking watch device in “NO PARKING” areas in Iligan City and to evaluate the public response to its operation.
  • A workshop was conducted to identify and Identify key strategies in pursuing EST. The proposed activities where categorized into the following program areas:
    • Anti-smoke Belching
    • Use of Security Cameras for Traffic Enforcement
    • Implementation of New Traffic Code
    • Road Network Development
    • Bicycle and Walking
    • Mass Transportt

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