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PIA Press Release
2009/06/05

DENR promotes 'Kalesa' for smoke-free transportation in Region 2

Tuguegarao City (5 June) -- To encourage people to use smoke free means of transportation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has promoted the use of 'Kalesa', a horse-driven carriage, as mode of transportation to reduce and subsequently eliminate air pollutants.

In the kick-off celebration of the Environment Month, DENR has chosen Kalesa in a parade around the city to campaign to the people the use of smoke free means of transportation as a mitigating measure on the problem of air pollution.

Regional Director Laureano Lingan Jr. said the kalesa-cade highlights the month-long celebration in consonance with the theme: "Cleaning the Air for a Safer Climate:What Would it take" based on the World Environment Day theme: Your Planet Needs You-Unite to Combat Climate Change" set by the United Nations Environment program.

Lingan said Kalesa is the best transportation means to eliminate air pollution in the atmosphere which is part of the compliance with the Clean Air Act or RA 8749 and as way of mitigating global warming.

"I believe that with the strong partnership of all stakeholders in the society, we can create impact to the general public so they could immediately respond to the call in saving and protecting our Mother Earth," Lingan said.

Kalesa was introduced in the 18th century during the Spanish colonial period and it became one of the modes of transportation in the Philippines, especially for commerce.

Although kalesa has become a rarity, some century-old examples are still preserved in certain areas of the Philippines, such as the city of Vigan and Laoag. Kalesas can also be found in Intramuros and Binondo in the city of Manila and also in Iligan City, with a designated street where decorated kalesas can be taken for a ride.

In Cagayan, Kalesas are common, especially in Tuao and many other municipalities that are being used as means of transportation from the residence down to the poblacion and public markets.

In Tuguegarao City, Kalesas are mixed in traffic with private cars, motorcycles, tricycles, jeepneys, trucks, and bicycles. (Ver/PIA-Cagayan) [top]

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