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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama is eyeing the electricity-run Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) as the mass transport system for the city.
President Noynoy Aquino earlier deferred approval for the proposed P10-billion Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, calling it an expensive experiment.
Plans for a Light Rail Transit-Mono Rail Transit (LRT-MRT) system for Metro Cebu were blocked by some politicians.
We still have no mass transport system, but we’ve got an alphabet soup.
A prototype of the AGT, a project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), made a demonstration run at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) last April.
Rama said this could be made available before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2015.
But the AGT is still a prototype, a model on a test run to allow engineers and designers to explore design alternatives, test theories and confirm performance prior to production.
It’s safe to say the city’s proposed mass transport systems are a learning process.
The Cebu City Government won in the P133-million claim of the heirs of Fr. Vicente Rallos after a trial court cancelled the lien issued on two titles of the South Road Properties (SRP).
Cebu City Regional Trial Court Judge Alexander Acosta also cancelled the notices of garnishment of the city government’s bank accounts in his Aug. 27 order.
That should free the city government’s P124-million deposit with the Philippine Postal Savings Bank, giving Mayor Rama more funds for his projects.
The Rotary International District 3860 led by Gov. Edgar Chiongbian has supported the vision of a Mega Cebu 2050, a vision of making Metro Cebu at par with Singapore and Yokohama, Japan, among others.
Metro Cebu stretches from Cebu City to Talisay, Minglanilla, Naga, San Fernando and Carcar in the south and Lapu-Lapu, Cordova, Mandaue, Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela and Danao in the north.
This is Rotary at work.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 04, 2013.