It’s that time of year again when the ADB holds and hosts a Transport Forum at their office in Manila. This forum is expected to attract more people than usual as the ADB will be presenting its new Sustainable Transport Initiative. Its new because it was formulated after Copenhagen and attempts to link transport with climate change. Thus, climate change mitigation and adaptation are among the general topics in the forum.
As usual, there will also be the sessions on urban transport, road traffic safety, rural transport, etc. Of particular interest to me will be the presentations by iRAP and GRSP on road safety on Wednesday aside, of course, to the Keynote Speech on road safety to be delivered by the International Ambassador for Road Safety who happens to be the actress Michelle Yeoh. I will have my chance to meet her sometime in the afternoon as she leads the laying of a time capsule for the proposed Road Safety Park at the UP Diliman campus.
I was actually at the ADB today and joined a meeting by the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT). Unfortunately, I couldn’t join the afternoon session as I had to rush back to the University for another engagement. The National Engineering Center held a forum on Public Service where I presented on NCTS activities including training, research and extension work in the last 5 years. At the end of my presentation, I showed a sneak preview of projects already in the pipeline including shamelessly plugging Michelle Yeoh’s visit to UP for the Road Safety Park.
For a more detailed schedule of the ADB Transport Forum, you can google the same and this will lead you to the ADB website and links to pdfs containing the schedule from May 25-27.
I got a letter today from the Chief of Staff of the Mayor-elect of Quezon City. I was invited to deliver a presentation on transportation planning in Quezon City before the City Council where the Mayor-elect will be the presiding officer as outgoing Vice Mayor of the city. I still haven’t come up with a draft presentation but am already conceptualizing what I’d want to say before the council.
I will talk about environmentally sustainable transport (EST). I will speak about road traffic safety and the dangerous, killer roads in Quezon City. I will talk about land use planning and its interaction with transport (and vice versa). And though I am tempted to talk about parking, I will definitely talk about traffic impact assessment.
It is important to articulate at the simplest and most understandable terms what transport planning is all about. It is essential that sustainable transport is defined and promoted. Hopefully, the Mayor-elect will respond. Hopefully, the Councilors who will remain will take notice and appreciate the importance of having a well-planned city. Hopefully, they will champion sustainable transport and help spread the word on this through their actions.
I will be joined by colleagues when I go to present my case before the council. We will come in full force and maybe, at least, by our numbers we can show how serious and how important EST will be in solving transport and traffic problems in this part of Metro Manila. Hopefully, we can convince this large and progressive city to become an example that other cities may emulate.
Good luck to us all!