DSWD Undersecretary Jose Ernesto Gaviola turns over SAP emergency cash assistance to , 92-year old Ana Amoy Taag at her residence in Labueg, Kapangan, Benguet, (RMC- PIA CAR)

Governor Marfia Jocelyn Bernos(left), DTI-Abra Director Samuel Gallardo(3rd from left) and representatives from partner agencies awrd livelihood kits to beneficiaries in conflict-affected areas in the province.

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan sprays gin at the municipal grounds in Poblacion, Itogon, Benguet. The disinfectant being used came from the confiscated alcoholic drinks by the Itogon PNP since the start of the enhance community quarantine. (Itogon LGU photos)

Itogon municipal officials led by Mayor Victorio Palangdan pour bottles of gin in a container for disinfecting and cleaning of the Itogon municipal grounds and vehicles over the weekend. (Itogon LGU photos)

Distribution of the additional ESP-SAP in Kapangan, Benguet led by DSWD Undersecretary Jose Ernesto Gaviola and Cordillera Regional Director Leo Quintilla with DILG-CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan assisted by Kapangan Mayor Many Fermin. (RMC- PIA-CAR)

CRDRRMC in parnership with the City Government of Baguio and Provincial LGU of Abra facilitate the return of LSIs to their residences. (RMC/PIA CAR)

MMDA, Filipino bike groups welcome inclusion of 'Sustainable Urban Mobility' in Better Normal Bill

PASIG CITY, May 30 (PIA) -- Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officials and major Filipino bike groups have welcomed the inclusion of a Sustainable Urban Mobility provision in the Better Normal Bill by the House of Representatives.


BIKE LANES. The Pasig City Transportation Department started the road works for the pop-up bike lanes and sidewalk extensions recently. Earlier, the local transport department declared "biking" as an essential mode of transportation in the city. (Pasig City Public Information Office Facebook page)

During a recent online discussion series to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices dubbed, "Stories for a Better Normal," MMDA Undersecretary Frisco San Juan expressed support to a move for a bike masterplan in Metro Manila, which would include dedicated and protected bike lanes, to be incorporated in House Bill 6864, or the "Better Normal for the Workplace, Communities and Public Spaces Act of 2020" (Better Normal Bill) authored and sponsored by House Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda.

“We are in full support of the bike lane program under the Better Normal Bill. Bago magkaroon ng pandemic, mayroong ongoing bike lane project along Pasig River, from Pasig to Manila. Inaayos pa po ang obstructions para maging continuous bike lane siya. Ang ating panaginip ay binibigyan ng pagkakataon na maging isang katotohanan in our near future, sa mga darating na buwan,” San Juan said.

Joining the discussion, which aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities to lead sustainable lives towards a healthier, safer, and much better normal than we used to have, were Red Constantino, the executive director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities; lawyer Crisanto Saruca, the MMDA Director, Legal and Legislative Affairs; Edison Nebrija, MMDA Task Force of Special Operations head; Life Cycles PH founder Keisha Mayuga; MNL Moves founder Aldrin Pelicano; and Climate Reality Leader and Triabetics member Rommel Miles Corro.

This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), with support from the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), The Climate Reality Project-Philippines, and Mother Earth Foundation.

“Sustainable urban mobility should no longer be a dream. Let’s make it permanent. The government must address the struggles of our frontliners and daily commuters. Sa ating Better Normal Bill, I will see to it that all constructions have green spaces, may mga pagtataniman ng halaman at puno, akma sa ating klima, at may pedestrian at bike lanes. Let’s give back the space to our people,” said Legarda, who will donate one new bike each for Life Cycles PH and MNL Moves.

“Cycling to work as a mainstream and essential service and option is good for the economy, in terms of less fuel use, less imports, better air quality, and better health of workers, with co-benefits to climate action. A lot of projections are showing that the amount of carbon emissions that we can reduce is really substantial—cities could save $25 trillion over the next 25 years due to cycling and could avoid 300 megatonnes of CO2,” Constantino said, for his part.

Constantino shared the Department of Transportation’s projection of at least 50% reduction in passenger capacity for buses, jeepneys or PUJs, and public utility vehicles or PUVs, as well as an 80-90% reduction for the rail sector. He also cited figures on benefits of cycling to the economy and climate.

Mayuga shared Life Cycles PH’s initiatives to help frontliners during this pandemic and in calling for dedicated, protected, and connected bike lanes in Metro Manila and neighboring areas.

“I started the group Life Cycles PH when we heard that there’s no mass transport. It broke my heart to learn that people won’t be getting home. Now, we’ve provided more than 1,400 bikes through a donation drive, which already raised over P3 million pesos, and through community matching on Facebook, where private individuals and frontliners can lend or borrow bikes. Also, through EDSA Evolution, we advocate for permanent and protected bike lanes to ensure the safety of our frontliners and bikers,” said Mayuga.

Pelicano shared how MNL Moves started as a passion project, which has now become a community of cycling advocates. He also shared the survey they did together with ICSC and the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands on the regular bike routes of more than 400 cyclists and the resulting recommendations on interconnected bike lanes.

“Ang pagkakaroon ng mas maraming oras para sa pamilya dahil sa pagbibisikleta ang naging mensahe ko para mapalawak ang MNL Moves into a community. We then started reaching out to organizations even outside the cycling community to hold trainings and knowledge exchange programs. Local governments can implement temporary bike lanes to learn how to build permanent ones,” said Pelicano.

Corro talked about his experiences cycling from Muntinlupa, where he drops off his kids for school, to Makati for work.

“Why am I passionate and committed to cycling? It’s not just because I get to save a lot. It is not just because I’m minimizing my carbon footprint. There’s something spiritual about it. I’ve developed a natural abhorrence to being alone inside a car. Nakaka-konsensya kasi I’m part of the traffic and not part of the solution. But when you bike to work, it’s allowing you a certain degree of freedom. It gives me a lot of controlled time,” said Corro.

The bike advocates and cyclists also shared how biking is helping frontliners move during this community quarantine and how cities and provinces can support biking for a healthier and better normal for commuters and the transport sector.

To recall, a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan is a planning concept applied by local and regional authorities for strategic mobility planning. It encourages a shift towards more sustainable transport modes and supports the integration and balanced development of all modes.

Meanwhile, the House’s Defeat COVID-19 Committee (DCC) on Thursday, May 28, approved “The Better Normal for the Workplace, Communities, and Public Spaces Act of 2020,” which states that several government measures being implemented by the government now in response to the coronavirus crisis will be extended for three years or “sooner upon official declaration of the President.”

The bill that defines the “better normal,” institutes protocols such as the wearing of face masks in public spaces, provision of handwashing and sanitation stations in public areas, temperature checks, and observance of physical distancing, among others to curb COVID-19 spread. (PIA NCR)

By Jimmiley E. Guzman



  • Malacanang declares July 15 as special holiday in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, July 9(PIA) -- July 15, 2020 is a special non-working day in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to mark its 33rd founding anniversary.  

  • DSWD-CAR disburses P266.87M for social pension of sr. citizens


    BAGUIO CITY, July 10 (PIA) - - The Department of Social and Welfare and Development affirms that assistance to senior citizens remains to be a priority in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. 

    DSWD – CAR Assistant Regional for Operations Amelyn Cabrera, in the online Kapihan Sa Baguio media forum here, reported that social pension for the first semester of this year has already been released to 88,959 senior citizens in Cordillera who are enrolled in the program.  A total of P266, 877,000 has already been disbursed covering their stipends for January up to June.    

    The senior citizens  who  received their social pension include 21,070 are from Abra; 9,809 in Apayao; 1,777 in Baguio City; 18,625 in Benguet; 14,555 in Ifugao; 13,759 in Kalinga and 9,305 in Mountain Province.

    Under the DSWD Social Pension Program, enlisted beneficiaries are entitled to P500 stipend per month to augment their subsistence and other medical needs.  

    Cabrera  also disclosed that  to date, there are also 29 centenarians (100 - years old) in Cordillera that have already received P100,000 cash grant each from DSWD pursuant to the Centenarian Act of 2016. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

    La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda, (left), Baguio Congressman Mark Go (middle) and Asst. Regional Director Enrique Gascon (right) along with  other DSWD - CAR Officials give updates on their programs and services during the PIA Cordillera- led Kapihan media forum. (CCD/PIA CAR)

    By Carlito C. Dar


  • 66% of Cordillera learners enrolled for SY 2020-2021

    BAGUIO CITY – More than 309,000 of the expected 430,000 learners in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have already enrolled for the school year 2020-2021.

  • 7 LSIs arrive in Baguio thru Hatid Tulong program

    BAGUIO CITY, July 6(PIA) – Seven residents of Baguio who were stranded in Manila   in the past months with the imposition of community quarantine due to COVID-19 are finally back in the city.

  • 48th Nutrition Month focuses on stunting reduction, nutrition amid COVID –19

    BAGUIO CITY, July 5 (PIA) - - The National Nutrition Council(NNC) leads the observance of the 48th National Nutrition Month which focuses on stunting reduction and the role of good nutrition in COVID - 19 prevention.


Mt. Province

  • DOST-CAR assists community-based muscovado processing in Besao

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, June12 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region  (DOST - CAR) through its Local Grants in Aid project continues  to provide appropriate science and technology intervention to micro, small and medium enterprises to increase productivity, improve the quality of their products, and strengthen product market competitiveness.

  • Police, APF, priest engage Mt. Province youth in songfest while under CQ

    SAGADA, Mountain Province, June 11(PIA)-- The  joint project  of the uniformed personnel and  a Catholic priest here to engage  the youth  creatively making  use of their time and improving  their  musical talent  while on community quarantine is a big success that a second round is set in motion.

  • Mt. Province declares CPP-NPA, other lawless elements 'persona non-grata'

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 31(PIA)- -  The  provincial government  joins the Sangguniang Bayan of the ten municipalities of the province in condemning the terroristic actions of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and other  lawless elements in their respective jurisdictions.

  • Sadanga's culture, values of community solidarity,cooperation reaffirmed in COVID pandemic

    BAGUIO CITY, June 1 (PIA) -- For the people of Sadanga, Mountain Province,  the COVID-19 pandemic  reaffirmed that  their culture and values of community solidarity and cooperation are alive.

  • LGUs cooperate in bringing home LSIs,returning OFWs

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 27(PIA) --In  continuing efforts to expedite  the  return of the  locally stranded individuals (LSIs)  and overseas Filipino workers(OFWs) to be reunited with their families, the  provincial and  municipal local government units complement  each other.  


  • DA,Philmech award machineries to 6 Ifugao farmers groups

    LAMUT, Ifugao, July 10 (PIA) - - Six farmers organizations in the province recently received agricultural machineries from the Department of Agriculture (DA) under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) mechanization program to improve their farming systems and be competitive.

  • DA purchases tons of assorted crops directly from Ifugao farmers

    ASIPULO, Ifugao, July 10 (PIA) - - More than 100 tons of agricultural crops from the municipalities of Asipulo and Tinoc were purchased by the Department of Agriculture in the  Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) in separate occasions recently.-

  • Ifugao records drop of crime volume for first sem of 2020

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, July 6(PIA) - - Crime volume in the province has decreased by 47% percent this first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period  last year, the Ifugao Provincial Police Office (IPPO) reported.

  • Donors produce Php107,000 for Tinoc farmers

    TINOC, Ifugao, July 1 (PIA) - - A group of farmers here who opted to donate their tomatoes and other crops to the municipality of Lagawe and other towns had received more than  P100,000 cash assistance from kind-hearted individuals.

  • PTF-ELCAC sets community-based enterprise dev project in Tinoc

    TINOC, Ifugao, June 27(PIA) - - Members of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) will implement here a  seven-month training that will benefit the community and other special clients in support to Executive Order 70 or Whole of Nation Approach  to end Local communist armed conflicts.





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