ADB-commissioned study on Davao’s transport system out in November-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
THE final report of a study on sustainable urban transportation in Davao City is expected to be released in November, an official said.
The study, commissioned by the Asia Development Bank (ADB), is being conducted by Asia Halcrow.
"After a series of consultations with transport providers and users, we will be wrapping the study by mid November and come out with a status report to the public. We will also come out with recommendations and what will be the next steps to be taken," Davao City Councilor Leonardo R. Avila III said on Monday during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at the SM City Davao Annex.
Avila is chair of the City Council committee on transportation and communication.
He said the study is also in collaboration with the different offices in the City Government.
Avila said result of the study will be the overall strategic plan on sustainable urban transportation, which will be followed by a feasibility study.
"One of the conclusions of the study is that there is a need for transport sector reforms and now is the time to recommend reforms for the city," he said, adding that the City has a daily volume of around 800,000 commuters and is expected to increase in the coming years.
Avila cited three measures that might be done next year after the release of the final report on the study.
"The first is transportation reform and what we are eyeing to do is to conduct a review of the current comprehensive transport and traffic management ordinance. We will review if this is in line with the transport reforms we need to have," he said.
On the second day, he said they will do the capacity building among traffic regulators.
His committee also recommended a second study that will delve into the financial and social impact of the transportation reforms.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 30, 2013.