Is it a fantasy to imagine a better public transport system in the Philippines? Maybe, but you can't blame us for dreaming. If this new initiative from the House Committee on Transportation is any indication, we may be getting it at some point in the future.
The Committee has just approved a subsitute bill called the Sustainable Transportation System Act, which aims to make our public transport system more condusive for our own and the country's health. Among its initiatives is adding a transport system that uses "muscular power," creating bike-friendly communities, reducing greenhouse emissions, and helping the economy by reducing our overall commuting time.
"Sustainable transport is the norm nowadays because of proven public health benefits. Under the bill, we will implement systems that will mitigate the impact of transportation to the environment. We will also aggressively promote walking and cycling which improve the quality of life of commuters and directly address the high incidence of chronic diseases. We want to put people first, not individual motorized vehicles, and protect all road users, including PWDs," said Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, the bill's principal author.
If passed, the bill would establish the creation of a Sustainable Transportation System Committee, with the transportation secretary serving as its chairman.
What do you guys reckon? Would the passing of this bill be a godsend for our public transport problems? Sound off below.