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PGMA directs DOTC to lead reform of transport sector to reduce fossil fuel consumption

by Rutchie Cabahaug-Aguhob

Manila (19 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to lead a task group to reform the transport sector and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.

Per Executive Order 77 signed by the President on December 26 last year, this new paradigm and the movement of men and things must follow a simple principle: "Those who have less in wheels must have more in road."

This purpose, the system shall favor non-motorized locomotion and collective transportation system, such as, walking, cycling and man-powered mini-train.

Thus, the DOTC and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) shall immediately transform roads using the aforesaid principle.

EO 77 also orders Malacañang Palace and all cabinet offices to bring down by 50% the consumption of fossil fuels within two years from the issuance of this order.

The Presidential Adviser on Climate Change (PACC) shall consult with the biggest consumers and undertake extensive mass media social marketing and mobilization campaigns to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) shall immediately make available funds from the Road Users' Tax and the Secretaries of DOTC and DPWH shall personally report to the President thru the PACC every 48 hours on the progress of the initiatives in this section.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) shall coordinate with local government units (LGUs) and guide them on the plan to transform the locomotion and transportation system to favor parties who have no motorized vehicles. (PIA 10) [top]

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