Senate bill aims to empower LGUs to build their own transit systems – Manila Bulletin

A bill to allow local government units (LGUs) to develop their own transit system has been introduced in the Senate.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, in introducing Senate Bill No. 951 or the LGU Transportation Bill, said it was high time that LGUs were empowered to create their own public transit system and solve the mobility problems in the country.

“Because an efficient transport system is essential to attract investors and generate economic activities, we should empower our LGUs to establish their own public transport systems,” said Gatchalian, introducing the bill which mainly aims to amend certain provisions of the local government code. 1991.

Gatchalian also said allowing LGUs to develop their mass transportation system is in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11.

UNSDG 11 aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable through access to safe, affordable and sustainable transport systems.

Considering the problem of traffic in urban areas of the country, the senator said that the measure aims at the interconnectivity and integration of existing and proposed national and local intermodal transport systems.

The bill also promotes the creation of a framework for the implementation of multi-UGL transport infrastructure projects.

If adopted, Gatchalian said LGUs can create sustainable, state-of-the-art mass public transportation systems with the concept of livable smart cities through various financial capabilities and arrangements involving both entities private and public, even without sovereign guarantees.

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Norman D. Briggs