By Jose Santino Bunachita
CEBU CITY (Sept. 23, 2022) — The Cebu City Government will hold its first ever “Mobility Summit” to come up with solutions to address the city’s growing concerns on traffic and movement of persons and goods.
Themed “Moving People Not Cars,” the summit will be held this Sept. 26 and 27 at the SEDA Ayala Center Cebu and the Ayala Activity Center.
“It’s not only about transportation. But we also encourage active mobility,” said Atty. Kent Francisco Jongoy, executive assistant of Councilor James Anthony Cuenco, in a press conference today.
The office of Councilor Cuenco, chairman of the City Council’s committee on transportation and communication, is spearheading the summit.
Among others, the summit will discuss the current situation on Cebu City’s mobility, updates on the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit project, the Metro Cebu Urban Transport Master Plan, and updates on the Public Utility Vehicles Modernization Program.
There will also be speakers who will discuss about the proposed Aerial Ropeway Transit (ART) System for the city.
“We will also be looking at many best practices from first world countries like UK and Singapore,” Jongoy said.
The summit is sponsored by the UK Embassy.
According to Cherrie Nuez of the UK Embassy, they have invited four distinguished UK organizations to share their expertise on mobility.
Cebu City Transportation Office Head Paul Gotiong said they hope to hear from different stakeholders on their recommendations to improve mobility in the city, taking into consideration current limitations.
For example, he said, it is hard to expand and widen roads in the city, which has already become very congested.
“That’s why we need to have better solutions…for us to upgrade our ways of transportation and movement,” Gotiong said.
Organizers are expecting close to a hundred summit participants, including public transport operators and those from the private sector, local government units, and the academe. #