Council to present report on sustainable transport

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Monday, December 16, 2013

THE Davao City Council committee on transportation and communication is set to present the report on sustainable public transport for the city before the lawmaking body in January 2014.

Committee chair Councilor Leonardo Avila III, who was a guest in Monday's edition of Davao Press Club's Kapehan sa Dabaw, said they have set some recommendations on sustainable public transport.

"One is revisiting the comprehensive transport and traffic ordinance. Second, is for the city to come up with a strategy and transportation planning, and third, there is a need to tackle a resolution calling on a higher level participation of the local government in the transportation planning," he said.

He said they are also asking for a second study that will detail the financial detail, viability of transportation reforms, and its social impact.

"We are hoping the second study can be funded in the second quarter next year," Avila said.

Last month, the Davao Sustainable Urban Transport project was handed over to the Davao City government through City Administrator lawyer Melchor Quitain by Geoff Key of Halcrow during the 1st Davao Transportation Summit at Seda Hotel.

Avila also presented the Status of the Sustainable Public Transport Study during the summit.

The city is a recipient of ADB's Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance (Pata) DSUT project funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction.
Asia Halcrow, in association with Transport and Traffic Planners Inc. (TPPI), conducted the nine month (March to November 2013) study.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 17, 2013.


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