SUMP gets GAAP backing

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PEDESTRIANIZATION of Session Road will revive tourism in the Summer Capital, said an advocacy group.

Green Architecture Advocacy Philippines chairperson Miguel Guerrero in a recent forum expressed his support on the proposed Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for the Summer Capital.

As an architect who is in love with the city for its climate and landscapes, he said the sustainable urban mobility plan proposed by Michelle Garcia of John Hay Management Corp. is interesting.


Guerrero shared although he loves the city, little by little he is trying to avoid Session Road and other urban areas full of traffic.

The architect believe closing the prominent street for vehicles and making it a promenade area just like in other countries will entice tourists and would further generate income for the business establishments along the area.

Moreover, Guerrero noted a one-way route for vehicles in the central business district will at least address the problem of diversion of traffic from Session Road.

"The solution to traffic in urban centers, at the end of the day, is mass transit," Guerrero added.

"Anything which moves towards mass transit is always better than private cars," he said.

Mass transit system, according to Guerrero would ensure decongestion in the city.

It was advised the proposed Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan should undertake more studies, which involves major stakeholders such as business establishments, jeepney and taxi drivers or operators and even commuters to see if it is indeed feasible.

The SUMP needs around 15,900 signatures from stakeholders before it can pursue with the other phases of the proposal.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 09, 2014.

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