A. Inclusive Mobility Convening Series : Mapping Workshops, Forum and Lectures

The Metro Manila Inclusive Mobility Convening Series is designed for the citizens to habitually meet and share information, ideas, insights, as well as initiatives for taking action at the community level and increase the advocates of better mobility and access to transportation in Metro Manila – especially for ordinary Manileño/a, the poor, and the vulnerable. It aims to sustain a conversation among these stakeholders in shaping the patterns of mobility and access in Metro Manila to be more inclusive. The primary challenge is to promote non-motorized transport (NMT) such as walking and biking, public transport (buses and trains), and eliminate unnecessary travel through the smart use of traditional and cyber communications.

The ultimate objective of the Convening Series is to organize and mobilize the Inclusive Mobility stakeholders into a non-governmental organization with individual members from government, civil society, and the business sector to advocate for policy changes that will make mobility and access to transport in Metro Manila more inclusive and democratic.

B.Inclusive Mobility Research in Metro Manila

Through research, the Project is exploring how the current public transport system affects the poor and vulnerable populations of Metro Manila by mapping the current public transport system, understanding the their mobility, cost and issues as well as also seek to identify new or emerging entrepreneurial or livelihood opportunities responsive to their mobility needs.

To date, there are three research studies undergoing review process:

How responsive is Metro Manila’s Public Transport System to the Needs of the Poor and Vulnerable Sectors? Insights from a Mobility Mapping Case Study of Metro Manila
Case Studies on the Mobility Characteristics, Cost and Issues of the Poor and Vulnerable Groups
A Preliminary Inventory and Typology of Enterprise Models for Inclusive Mobility in Metro Manila: Of, By and For the Poor and Vulnerable

C. Engaging the Public for Inclusive Mobility

Mapping for Inclusive Mobility: Pinpointing Transport Terminals and Hubs

If you came this way,
Taking the route you would be likely to take
From the place you would be likely to come from,
If you came this way…you would find…
Little Gidding, No. 4 of ‘Four Quartets’ – T.S. Eliot

Locating and mapping transport terminals are crucial in order to assess the mobility problems and opportunities in Metro Manila. Improving information generated in maps for seamless multi-modal interconnections would benefit not only the poor and the vulnerable groups but the general public.

Thus this activity aims to build a community of people wanting to create that platform or build on available platform. To date, the Philippines is one of the most active in the social network and in the information and communication technology and this activity aims to harness that in improving mobility.

You, the reader can participate on this initiative. If you are a cyclist, kindly check this link: Metro Manila Cycling Map

If you are a commuter, you can help by going to this link: Mapping public transport terminals and hubs

Inclusive Mobility Business Models

Innovations have high demand to address social challenges in many Asian cities. The transport sector in particular, as a shaper of urban development, requires innovative models to urgently address pressing urban challenges. Having brought about many positive impacts, social enterprises provided innovative business models that fulfil social aims making people and communities act together towards the attainment of development. However, there is little information about social enterprise in the transport sector. The increasing demand for alternative models to solve urban challenges necessitates the documentation of the social enterprise solutions.

You can also support this innovations by using and promoting the participants of the Inclusive Mobility Challenge.

Engagement of different stakeholders in solving pressing mobility problems in the megacity especially that of the urban poor and vulnerable sector would help in identifying strategic doable environmentally friendly mobility solutions and you can start by visiting our Mobilizer’s Toolbox.