Davao council to review transport ordinance

Subscribe Now January 29, 2014 at 11:03am

The city's legislative council will review and update its comprehensive transport and management ordinance to come up with a sustainable transportation plan, which will include improved market access from rural areas.

Councilor Leonardo R. Avila III, the chairman of the committee on transportation and communication, said the transport challenge now is to address poverty in the city’s remote villages.

“The city must come up with this strategy to give [residents in remote areas] access,” Mr. Avila said.

He cited remote upland districts within the city that are hardly reached by public transport, yet produce high-value crops that could be sold at significantly higher prices in the city’s urban centers.

This city of over 1.5 million people is the largest Philippine city in terms of land area, roughly 2,400 square kilometers, the size of a regular province in Luzon.

Mr. Avila said the second recommendation submitted by his colleagues to his committee is for the transport strategy to include reports on the financial viability and social impact of a mass transport system, the total cost, and where to get the funding.

He said that money for the city’s mass transport system could come from international funding institutions through an endorsement from the Department of Transportation and Communications. “But, we should have a study done first,” he said.

Last year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) presented to the local government its final report on the Davao Sustainable Urban Transport Project, a proposed short- to medium-term transport strategy.

The city has been a recipient of the bank’s policy and advisory technical assistance, which funds studies related to reducing poverty.

The transport study, done by Halcrow Philippines consultants, suggested larger mass transport vehicles, infrastructure in priority areas, and integrated, high-capacity networks, among other recommendations.

Mr. Avila said his committee is focused on the study and said that implementation of some recommendations could likely start in 2016.

Source: bworldonline.com

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