In an effort to reduce the country's carbon footprint and improve air quality, President Arroyo has ordered transport authorities to craft a national Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) strategy for the country.
In Administrative Order No. 254, the President said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) must "reform" the transportation sector, particularly favoring non-motorized locomotion (walking and cycling) and mass transportation system in roads, to lessen 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," the presidential order stated. Mrs. Arroyo directed the DoTC and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to convert roads using such principle to encourage more people to walk, bike, or catch the train rather than take their cars over short distances.
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Source: Manila Bulletin (www.mb.com.ph)
Copy of the Administrative Order 254: http://www.op.gov.ph/directives/AO254.pdf
For more information see EST Philippines portal: http://www.ncts.upd.edu.ph/est/