Sustainable transportation project in Davao gets $1 million in funds

Subscribe Now March 08, 2013 at 09:57am

A $1 million technical assistance project funded by Japan seeks to develop a sustainable urban public transport system in the City of Davao in the Philippines. The Asian Development Bank, the Department of Transportation and Communications, the City of Davao and the Embassy of Japan will be cooperating on the project which will be supported by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction.

The City of Davao is the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines and the country’s largest city in terms of land area.

Public transport, in the form of tricycles, jeepneys and multi-cabs, is still the main mode of transport in Davao, accounting for 80 percent of trips.

“Public transport is not a choice for many; it is the only mode available to them. The vast majority of Davao’s population does not have access to private vehicles or motorcycles and, thus, are captive public transport users,” said Kunio Senga, Director General of A.D.B.’s Southeast Asia Department.

As economies develop, cities experience rapid increases in traffic congestion, higher transportation costs, deteriorating air quality, and reduced road safety.

The current public transport routes in Davao, including its coverage area, connectivity and frequency of service, are poorly planned and will not provide satisfactory service to meet the challenges of a developing economy.

The project will thus create an enabling environment for a modern, efficient, and affordable public transportation system in Davao. Plans and franchising mechanisms to improve the integration of the public transport system to widen its coverage area and services will be prepared.

The project will be administered by the A.D.B., which is already involved in sustainable transportation projects in the Philippines with its e-trike program (see related story) to be replicated across the Philippines.


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