administrative order no. 254: mandating the department of transportation and communications to lead in formulating a national environmentally sustainable transport (est) for the philippines.
i came across this tidbit from the blog of the tour of the fireflies organizers.
first, let’s get familiar with the acronyms:
tgff — task group on fossil fuels
est — environmentally sustainable transport
pacc — presidential adviser on climate change
the gist of the administrative order along with my comments below the items i find interesting:
a) Reform the transport sector to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. The new paradigm in the movement of men and things must follow a simple principle: “Those who have less in wheels must have more in road.” For this purpose, the system shall favor non-motorized locomotion and collective transportation system (walking, bicycling, and the man-powered mini-train).
walking would actually be a fantastic option if the powers that be could maintain clean and proper sidewalks free of parked trucks and cars, tricycles, motorcycles, pedicabs, vendors, guard houses, utility posts and garbage as they are suppose to. in other words, make the sidewalks walkable as they should be. this applies not only to the major roads but for the minor ones and the side streets as well. people will walk as long as the places they can walk on is clean and safe.
now, using bicycles as an alternative form of transport in the metro is a bit more complicated. consider the jeepneys, taxis, passenger buses, tricycles, pedicabs that endlessly weave in heavy syrupy traffic for no apparent or logical reason and compete for that 1-meter space near the street corner just to get a single passenger. where would one place the bike lane? would these drivers even respect the bike lane when half of them do not give a hoot about the pedestrian lane? i am aware that people have been commuting to work by bicycle under these circumstances but the idea here is to get more people into it. how to accomplish this feat is going to take a lot. i’ll leave that for another post.
bicycling i get, but what exactly is a human-powered mini-train? the engineer in me is absolutely curious.
b) Through the DOTC and the DPWH, immediately transform roads using the aforesaid principle.
if this is what i think it is then i am so looking forward to even, well maintained sidewalks and bicycle lanes. i am just curious as to how the lanes can be managed and respected considering metro manila’s convoluted vehicular and human traffic.
c) Through Malacañan Palace and all Cabinet offices, bring down by fifty percent (5O%) the consumption of fossil fuels within two (2) years from the issuance of EO 774.
50% is an admirable target but is it realistic? i know the principle of leading by example is a good one but i think 20 – 25% would be a more practical target, wouldn’t it? and what with the two-year target? is this administrative order co-terminus with the current presidency?
these are the points i am mostly interested in. if you want the full text of administrative order you can download the pdf file from the website of the office of the president.
despite some of my comments being somewhat tainted by sarcasm, i am hopeful that manila can become cleaner. i have always found that there are always some difficulty in implementing laws especially new ones but i will try to be optimistic on this one.