5th Clean Air Forum, 11-12 July 2013

Partnership for Clean Air (PCA) in coordination with local partners will hold the 5th Clean Air Forum with its theme,” Clean Air Act: looking back, moving forward”. The 5th Clean Air Forum is sponsored by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through the ASEAN-German Technical Cooperation.

Philippine Transit App Challenge

The Department of Transport and Communications, in partnership with the Metro Manila Development Authority and Cebu City Government, is hosting the first national transport application development competition. Participants will be invited to develop applications based on two new kinds of publically available data – regularly updated geographic location and service information for all bus, jeepney, and rail routes in Metro Manila, as well as live traffic incident data streams in Manila and Cebu, currently being tested under a pilot scheme.

The competition launch will be held on July 2nd at the University of Philippines Asia Learning Center Toyota Auditorium, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and is open to everyone and all platforms. The launch will be followed by a 3-month development period, where participants can work with volunteer mentors to build their entries. The finalists will be selected through a combination of on-line voting and the decisions of a judging panel, and a formal awards ceremony where finalists can pitch their entries, will be held in October.

Nomination for the 2014 Sustainable Transport Award is now Open!

Can your city be nominated for this award? Good luck.

Clean Air Asia, together with an international committee of development experts and organizations working on environmentally friendly transportation, invites you to nominate your city for the 10th Annual Sustainable Transport Award. Nominations are now open and will be accepted online at staward.org until September 13, 2013.

Established in 2005, the Sustainable Transport Award recognizes profound leadership and vision in sustainable transportation and urban livability, and is presented to a city each January for achievements in the preceding year. Nominations are accepted from any interested parties, including government, non-profit/NGOs, community groups, academic institutions, who have a working knowledge of the city’s projects and can provide verifiable data and contact information for the city.

The award is given each year to a city or major jurisdiction that has is implementing innovative transportation strategies. These strategies should improve mobility for all residents, reduce transportation greenhouse and air pollution emissions, and improve safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Last year’s winner, Mexico City, implemented many projects in 2012 that have improved livability, mobility, and quality of life for its citizens, making the Mexican Capital a best practice for Latin America. The city expanded its BRT system, Metrobus, with Line 4, a corridor that extends from the historic center of the city to the airport. It also piloted a comprehensive on-street parking reform program (ecoParq), expanded its successful public bike system (Ecobici) and revitalized public spaces such as Alameda Central and Plaza Tlaxcoaque.

The winner will be announced at an evening reception during the Transport Research Board’s Annual Conference in January 2014 in Washington, DC. Finalists will be notified by November 1, 2013.

The finalists and winner are chosen by a Committee that includes the most respected experts and organizations working internationally on sustainable transportation. The Committee includes:Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP); EMBARQ; GIZ (Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit); Clean Air Asia; Clean Air Institute; United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), Transport Research Laboratory (TRL); EcoMobility, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) .

Past winners of the Sustainable Transport Award:MexicoCity, Mexico (2013), Medillin, Colombia & San Francisco, United States (2012); Guangzhou, China (2011); Ahmedabad, India (2010); New York City, USA (2009); London, UK (2008); Paris, France (2008); Guayaquil, Ecuador (2007); Seoul, South Korea (2006), and Bogotá, Colombia (2005).

Log on to STAWARD.ORG to nominate!
For questions, kindly contact:

Gianina Panopio
Clean Air Asia
gianina.panopio@cleanairasia.org

or

Jemilah Magnusson,
ITDP
Jemilah.magnusson@itdp.org

Rural Mobility Project, to turn-over CLPA Bike Pangkabuhayan

A Journey of Cargo-Bike-Sharing Concept in the Philippines

On June 20, 2013 at Eyns Hotel and Restaurant, Catanauan Quezon Province, the Ateneo de Manila University- School of Government’s (ASoG) Rural Mobility Project with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO) will officially turn-over the twenty (20) cargo bicycle units to CLPA, an association formed by the parents of former child laborers in Catanuan.

The event is expected to be attended by representatives of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the national and local offices and agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Provincial Government of Quezon, and the Municipal Government of Catanauan,

The community cargo bicycle-sharing rental system is first of a kind rural mobility project in Catanauan, a first class municipality in Quezon Province. This project is a component of the ILO’s Bondoc Local Economic Development Programme (LED). It wasdesigned as an applied research type of project component and implemented as a community-based social enterprise with the goal of expanding and complimenting the livelihood and employment opportunities of CLPA members in Barangay Madulao. The project introduced an innovative non-motorized mode of transport utilizing the concept of cargo bicycle-based mobility solution.

The project was able to surface out three pressing mobility and accessibility concerns of community members such as access to water, complimentary role of NMT in the transfer of goods and services, and the capacity to build up a strong entrepreneurial mind-set and transport policy. There is high community support for this kind of project since it offers an alternative mode of transport that is cost-effective, low maintenance, and inclusive especially when goods are concerned, thus making mobility truly, of all, for all, and by all.

Jolly Jeeps Transform a Food Desert Into Snack-Attack Heaven

by Purple Romero | Informal City Dialogues

For Marlene Asilo, it’s a family heirloom of sorts – a gray, aluminum food cart, one of the many “jolly jeeps” that line the busy streets of the business and financial hub that is Makati City.

“I inherited it,” says the 40-year-old Asilo as she fries banana fritters for her customers, many of them employees from the neighborhood’s banking firms, the men in well-pressed polos, the women in heels.

It was her father who got Asilo’s family into the food cart business back in 1971, when Metro Manila’s population was less than half of what it is today. Asilo remembers her dad’s first food cart was just that — a wheeled wooden cart from which he served breakfast, lunch and dinner on a street corner from dawn till dusk. Back then, most of his customers were laborers and blue-collar workers. But as the mobile units grew in popularity in the 1990s, office workers, starved for dining options in the city’s food desert of a business district, started lining up for the street food in droves. As the number of jolly jeeps exploded, they evolved from wooden carts into motorized food trucks, or jeepneys, as they’re called in the Philippines. (The name “jolly jeep” is an amalgam of jeepney and Jollibee, a popular Filipino fast-food chain).

Palafox: Creating Green Urbanism

By Catherine Dominguez, http://www.ecoseed.org

Green urbanism, the idea of creating a community that is beneficial to both its human population and the environment, is a school of thought that’s rising in popularity in tandem with the idea that the future lies in sustainable development.

According to Dr. Timothy Beatley, in his book “Green Urbanism: Learning from the European Cities,” green urbanism is an attempt to shape more sustainable places, communities and lifestyles and consume 75 percent of the world’s resources.

Dr. Beatley, one of the first to espouse the idea of green urbanism, described a city living along the lines of green urbanism as striving to live within its ecological limits, function in ways parallel to nature, striving to achieve a circular rather than a linear metabolism, striving toward self-sufficiency, facilitating more sustainable lifestyles and emphasizing a high quality neighborhood and community life.

In the Philippines, one man envisions green urbanism not just for the country but for the world as well. He is the renowned green architect and urban planner, Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr.