June 20, 2024

The city government of Baguio created a technical working group to facilitate the United Nations Development Programme-Department of Transportation (UNDP-DOTr) project on low carbon urban transport system (LCUTS).

Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong issued Executive Order 47, s. 2022 for the creation of the TWG designating City Engineer Edgar Victorio Olpindo as chairperson and Engr. Januario Borillo as vice chairperson being the chief of the Traffic and Transport management Division of the City Engineering Office (CEO).

Fifteen offices, related agencies including the academe, and private groups form as members of the TWG with the CEO’s Traffic and Transport Management Division as the secretariat.

The TWG shall coordinate the planning and implementation of the LCUTS project in cognizance of the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.

Among other things, TWG is tasked to prepare a “sustainable smart urban transport master plan that will give the proper direction of the city in reducing traffic congestion and improving mobility, thereby improving the air quality in the city,” the order read.

Part of the LCUTS being pushed by the national government is the use of electric and hybrid vehicles particularly Euro IV-compliant public utility vehicles and environment-friendly modes of transport, such as the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan