East Asia transpo experts to meet in Cebu in 2015-A A +A
Saturday, September 14, 2013
CEBU City will be hosting an international conference in 2015.
After his one-week trip from Taipei in Taiwan, Mayor Michael Rama yesterday announced that the city has been chosen as venue for the 11th Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (Easts) conference.
The international gathering, which will be held on the third or last quarter of 2015, seeks to “gather best practices and good experiences” from transportation experts in Asia.
It also aims to address issues on how to establish an integrated transport system.
In a news conference yesterday, Rama said the international conference will bring attention to Cebu City among countries in East Asia, which includes Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, North Korea, South Korea and Japan.
Rama said the international conference is expected to gather at least 700 transportation experts. He added that 700 participated in the Easts board meeting in Taipei last Sunday.
Asked if there are other cities that wanted to be the venue of the Easts international conference, Rama said it was only Cebu City that made the bid to host the event.
He said the Transportation Science Society of the Philippines (TSSP) was the one that proposed that the country, particularly Cebu City, host the gathering.
The TSSP urged Rama to support their proposal and join them in Taipei to formally express the City's desire to be host the event.
Rama said the academe will also help the City Government prepare and organize the Easts conference.
The mayor will be meeting the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) and the Cebu City Police Office in the coming months to discuss preparations for the activity.
Meanwhile, Citom and the traffic police yesterday apprehended seven out of the 32 erring jeepney drivers who have been issued bench warrants by the court for their traffic violations.
Citom operations division head Joy Tumulak said the drivers were apprehended after the plate numbers of the jeepneys were identified.
Those who apprehended were Jimmy Campo, Venerando Raganas, Renante Ynot, Leonardo Salaguste, Christopher Delaganar, Maximo Guevarra and Darwin Lareta.
Tumulak said Citom will continue operations to apprehend 25 other erring jeepney drivers.
The 32 jeepney drivers have a total traffic fine of more than P1.6 million.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 14, 2013.