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Seminar-Workshop on EST for La Union

22 November 2007 (Thursday), Barangay Hall, San Fernando City, La Union

Summary

  • Hon. Pablo C. Ortega, Mayor of San Fernando City, welcomed the participants to the seminar-workshop. The City Mayor conveyed his vision of a walkable city for San Fernando, as well as expressed his intent to partner with Marikina City in achieving this vision.
  • An overview of the project and the seminar workshop was given by Dr. Jose Regin F. Regidor, the Director of the UP National Center for Transportation Studies (UP-NCTS) and an Associate Professor from UP Diliman Civil Engineering Department.

  • 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.
  • Engr. Rudy P. Ducusin, City Planning and Development Coordinator of San Fernando City bore the CPDO’s Proposed Urban Transport Management Strategies for the City for 2008-2010. He presented first the existing land transportation situation in the city through several photographic snapshots. He then forwarded the common vision of the City to become walkable and independent from non-motorized transportation, at least within the city proper. After which, he noted several existing hindrances in achieving this vision. These are as follows:
    • Occupied sidewalks due to infringement of businesses and vendors.
    • Uneven and unclear sidewalks due to uncoordinated design and lay-out.
    • Insufficiency in parking spaces.
    • Poor drainage system in certain areas which resulted to sparse flooding of these areas.
    • Insufficiency of traffic lights, signs and symbols to direct flow of traffic at critical areas.
    • Presence of unruly motorists specifically public utility vehicle drivers.
    • High concentration of crossing pedestrian.
  • Engr. Ducusin recommended several strategies to address these existing problems of the City, which are as follows:

    • Construction/rehabilitation of existing sidewalks to become more attractive and coordinated
    • Establishment of mini-parks/recreation grounds along the seashore to draw off people from the city proper, and to provide a better location for small-scale business and vendors loitering the sidewalks.
    • Regular cleaning/unclogging of drainage system.
    • Information and education campaign and constant training regarding traffic regulations for the commuting public, motorists and traffic enforcers.
    • Stricter enforcement of traffic laws and regulations.
    • Stricter enforcement of zoning and building ordinances and building code.
    • Provision of additional traffic lights and signals at strategic locations.
    • Establishment of an integrated bus and jeepney terminal.
    • Provision of pedestrian overpass at strategic locations.
  • P/Sr. Insp. Armando A. Santiago, Deputy Chief of Police/Investigator/PCR Officer at the San Fernando City Police Station, gave a report on the traffic situation of the city. He identified several bottleneck corridors with in the city which he categorized into school zones and/or business districts. He also listed several key local traffic ordinances which served as aides in mitigating the traffic problems of the city. His report also raised several pressing issues like the need for more traffic enforcers, which is currently undersized juxtaposed to the growing traffic volume of the city; the need for city ordinances to address problems in parking spaces; the need for overpass pedestrians and roads to reroute traffic from the identified bottlenecks.

  • Mr. Melchor V. Galvez, Transportation Regulation Officer from the Permits and Licensing Division of the San Fernando City Government presented the best practice of the City in local air quality management which involved the conversion of 2-stroke to 4-stroke engines of the city’s tricycle fleet. Mr. Galvez quantified the City’s success on the said program, and further set the plans and targets of the City which include the total phase-out of 2-stroke engines by the end of 2007 among others. His report also included the results of ambient air quality monitoring made within the city, which showed that the level of ambient air quality of San Fernando City in 2006 was fair.

  • An open forum followed. One point of discussion among others was on the legal basis of whom or what governing body is deputized to implement the traffic laws and regulation and apprehend the violators in the city. It has been affirmed by several presentation that there is an imperative need to augment the number of traffic enforcers at the city. The discussion foretells the absence of an institutionalized governing body for roads and traffic, and the lack of delineation on the roles of PNP and LTO for instance, as deputies of enforcing traffic regulations.

  • Ms. Carlota V. Contreras, Officer-in-Charge of the Marikina City Bikeways Office made a presentation on promoting non-motorized transport (NMT) using the challenging and successful experience of the Marikina Bikeways Project. She showcased the transformation of Marikina City from a flood-infested area into a walkable, attractive city which benefited from the active promotion and execution of NMT. 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.

  • P/Sr. Supt. Filipino O. Amoguis(ret.), Administrator of the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) of Cagayan de Oro City made a presentation on the integrated public utility vehicle terminals built in his city, which sorted out east- and west-bound vehicles into two terminal hubs. His report was in relation with the perceived need of San Fernando City to replicate the same for its ever-growing fleet of buses and jeepneys.
  • 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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