Councilor eyes permanent pedestrianization program

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Monday, March 3, 2014


THE 10-weekend experimental program on pedestrianization of the Calle Real in Iloilo City will end by Sunday, March 9, but Councilor Jason Gonzales is eyeing a permanent program through a regulation ordinance by March 30.

Gonzales said the pedestrianization program every Sunday afternoon will become a sustainable project designed for the eventual restoration and public appreciation of the Calle Real as the city’s main commercial district.

The street stretches from Plazoleta Gay up to the Freedom Grandstand along JM Basa St. and hosts several heritage commercial buildings with heritage architectural design.

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The program started in December for a 90-day experiment by closing traffic at the road stretch. Various cultural presentations were also conducted to enhance the walkability and appreciation of a livable city.

Gonzales said that environmentalist Antonio Oposa, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee, appreciated the pedestrianization program, as it allows pedestrians to enjoy the street even on Sundays.

Oposa said that 50 percent of passageways belong to the pedestrian, adding that Iloilo City’s program should be replicated in other cities.

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