Baguio SMMR

Baguio City continuously promotes initiatives on non-motorized transport (NMT) and child road safety through a series of planning and training sessions held 21 to 22 March 2024.

These activities were conducted as part of the ASEAN-German cooperation project entitled “Sustainable Design of Urban Mobility in Medium-Sized Metropolitan Regions (SMMR)” where Clean Air Asia provides technical assistance to three pilot cities in the Philippines, including Baguio City, Iloilo City, and General Santos City.

Previously, Clean Air Asia, with SMMR Advisor Conrad Richardson, met with Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan to present the planned activities in the city. 

Street-for-Kids

The Project hosted a citizen dialogue on March 21 about Streets-for-Kids with Grade 12 students of Irisan National High School, their parents, and other community members of Barangay Irisan. 

Conrad Richardson, International Advisor of the SMMR Project, inspired the participants by sharing global case studies and basic ideas on child-centered street design.  

“Our streets have a big impact on our development…the streets you use to go to school influence your health,” Richardson said in his talk. Following this presentation, participants sketched design concepts offered insights and design concepts towards enhancing safety around the school zone through sketches.

Figure 1 (left) Students designing concepts of safer streets; (right) Sketch of an Irisan National High School student of safer school streets 

Training on NMT and Street-for-Kids 

Meanwhile, 28 participants joined in the Training on Non-Motorized Transport and Streets-for-Kids held at the Plaza Garden Hotel where they learned about the basics and best practices for NMTs and designing safer streets for children. The training provided a platform for them to apply their additional knowledge about the topic by proposing design alternatives for the streets adjacent Irisan National High School. These alternatives included raised pedestrian crossings, sidewalk street furniture, and coverings for open drainages.

Figure 2 Training participants and facilitators pose for a group photo 

 

Figure 3 Conrad Richardson shares his experience walking around Baguio City.

Carlo Bontia, Researcher from Clean Air Asia, highlighted the need for transport-related interventions in Baguio City based on the results of the 2020 emissions inventory and Baguio City’s Clean Air Action Plan.

“From the emissions inventory, we see that the transport sector accounts for 94% of criteria air pollutants and 24% of climate pollutants. Varying types of vehicles contribute in different ways, with CO2 emissions mainly coming from Jeepneys, particulate matter and Black Carbon mostly from UVs, NMVOC and CO from motorcycles, and SO2 emissions from buses. The Baguio-Bauang Road and Marcos Highway which have the highest volume of vehicles also contribute the highest transport-related emissions, accounting for 24% and 12% of the total, respectively. Clean Air Asia strongly recommends institutionalizing transport-related interventions in the city's Clean Air Action Plan,” Bontia shared.

Conrad Richardson, International Advisor of SMMR Project, gave the basics of non-motorized transport and road safety interventions using global best practices.  

Dr. Sheilah Napalang, Professor of the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning, contextualized non-motorized transport through case studies of Philippine cities. Engr. Glenn Latonero, University Extension Associate from the National Center for Transportation Studies, introduced the Child Road Traffic Injury Prevention Program.