Pioneering local government units and ‘thought leaders’ from across the country will be recognized by the Office of the President in a special recognition at the Malacaňan Palace on November 27, 2014.
Actively supported by the civil society led by the Road Sharing Movement and international organizations including assistance from the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection (OPAEP), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the awards will recognize pioneering local government units and pave way for the launching of “BAYANIHAN SA DAAN AWARDS, ’’ or the 2015 Philippine Walkable and Bikeable Communities Awards.
DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje welcomed the move by the civil society led by renowned environmental lawyer, Atty. Antonio Oposa Jr., which will heighten the awareness and strengthen the participation of the public in patronizing non-motorized transport. Paje is also looking into the inclusion of bike lanes as a requirement for the issuance of Environmental Compliance Certificates (ECC).
“We are proposing for the construction of a one-meter sidewalk and a one- meter bike lane or a portion of road space devoted to non-motorized transport, greening initiative before an ECC is issued to any new road project. This will apply to all ECCs to be granted for new subdivision projects,”Paje said.
According to Oposa, Bayanihan sa Daan is a unique Filipino approach to a transport revolution, urban sanity and the climate crisis.
The event will recognize “pioneering local government units of the road sharing movement” namely Cebu City, Iloilo City, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, and Marikina City and Pasig City in Metro Manila, said environment lawyer Antonio Oposa Jr., Convenor of the “Bayanihan sa Daan” (cooperative heroism).
People learn by example and these leaders have set their examples. These are the people who went out of their way to change society’s behavior. They have to be recognized for their courage, boldness and their efforts in pushing for urban sanity,” Oposa said.
Cebu City will be recognized for illustrating the proof of concept of Road Sharing in the Green Loop Experiment last 28 September 2014. Last October 29, 2014 the Cebu City Council approved the bike lane ordinance or Tindak Sugbo Lanes Ordinance. A board will be created to identify the roads for shared use of bikes and pedestrianized vehicles.
Iloilo City is another honoree for its path-breaking initiative to create a most beautiful lateral park that is now the one-of-a-kind Esplanade of Iloilo, and for its trail-blazing effort to build safe bike lanes and walkways along the Diversion and Circumferential roads.
Marikina City will also be recognized for having taken the trail-blazing initiative to put up the first organized bike-lanes in the Philippines.
Pasig City for its Carless Sunday Program and other non-motorized initiatives such as Bike to Work Loan Program, Bike to Earn Loan and Bike for life which are soft programs with very little cost but with great socio-economic and environmental benefits for today’s communities.
Vigan in Ilocos Surfor being the first city in the Philippines to completely pedestrianize one street, Calle Crisologo.
The first salvo of the Road Revolution was done in Cebu City in 2011 when Osmeña Boulevard was closed off to major traffic for a day to allow pedestrians to use the entire length.
Bayanihan sa Daan is a cooperative undertaking of the OPAEP, DENR, DOTC, DPWH, Offices of Senator Loren Legarda and Pia Cayetano , International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, Institute of Governance and Sustainable Development, Center for International Environmental law, Partnership for Clean Air, Clean Air Asia, National Bicycle Organization, Share the Road Movement, Firefly Brigade, Inclusive Mobility, Environmental Law Society (San Beda College), and civil society.###