IN its continuous effort to help reduce pollution in the metropolis due to smoke-belching vehicles and to promote healthy and green living of families through expanding physical activities, the Pasig City government and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) imposed a carless weekend on major streets in the city.
This after the Carless Weekend was launched by CENRO chief Rachel Austria, Robert Anthony See, of the Pasig City Transport Development Office (PCTDO) starting yesterday and every Sunday, thereafter at the Central Business District in Ortigas, Pasig City and will be off limits to motorized vehicles from 6 a.m. to 12 noon.
The Carless Weekend was the advocacy of Pasig City government led by Mayor Robert Eusebio, the City Council and CENRO to use an alternative vehicle for transportation, including bikes, skates, skateboards and scooters, in accordance with city ordinance promoting biking as healthy and environmentally sound mode of transportation.
The city government is the first Metro Manila road implementing the carless weekend policy.
“The LGU wants to promote Bayanihan sa Daan, promote family and community bonding, as well as clean air, low emission and low impact vehicle activities. We want to connect walking, biking and public transport,” Austria said during the launching.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte said Manila will be a “dead city in 25 years” as he lamented the worsening traffic situation in the capital and moved for the development of other potential urban hubs outside Metro Manila.
Austria explained that the program of Eusebio’s Pasig City Carless Weekend aims to promote walkability, pedestrianization and non-motorized transporation, reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emission as an effective air pollution mitigating measure in Metro Manila.
She said the project also intends to change the mindset of people, stressing that road is only for vehicles but also for the people.
Clean Air Asia commended the city government for helping save the environment from air pollution for the next generation.