Iloilo News & Events

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Iloilo City is embarking on a โ€œgreen laneโ€ to reduce CO2 emission. We are connecting the cityโ€™s plazas, esplanade and tree parks via a network of bicycle lanes.

The cityโ€™s bike lane, called the Iloilo City Bike Network is a safe, scenic and eco-friendly bike path, and currently stretching 11 kilometers.

The City Government embarked on a bike lane linkage project to connect three major bike lane networks โ€“ Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue, the University Loop, and the 12-kilometer bikeable section of Iloilo River Esplanade, plazas and parks across the city, as we aim to have a bikeable and walkable city thus reducing our carbon footprint.

Our 3-hectare Iloilo Tree Park Development Project is in the works in Brgy. Lanit, Jaro which is part of the interconnected network of greening projects. It can sequester up to 33 tons of CO2 per year.

The 35.07 hectares of mangroves forest in Iloilo City sequesters 29.4 metrics tons of CO2 every year.

The Local Transport Route Plan is not only designed to streamline the routes, but to reduce CO2 emissions. Currently, there are 10 electric vehicles plying 1 route (Tagbak-City Proper via Coastal); and we plan to establish green routes along the business triangle as soon as there are available units which will connect all 4 big developers in the city.

As part of the national governmentโ€™s jeepney modernization program, around 500 modern jeepneys now in the city have engines that have less CO2 emissions, using Engine Euro 4 and up.

UNDP also lends technical support for low carbon transport project through Calumpang Iloilo Transport Services Cooperative (CITSCO).

Recently, Iloilo City was cited as Most Progressive Low Carbon Transport City, awarded also with Best Action Plan to Support the Pilot City REAP (Re-entry Action Planning), Best Social Media Marketing Plan, and Highest Posttest Scores.

The awards were given during the culminating program of the Capacity Building of National Government Agencies and Local Government Units on Low Carbon Transport Project on August 31, 2023.

Iloilo City bested other low carbon transport pilot cities, namely Baguio, Pasig and Sta Rosa, Laguna.

Iloilo City has been selected as a pilot site of the Climate Resilience Cities Project (CRC) of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The metropolis is one of six cities of USAID-CRC connected by KOICA in a joint effort to assist cities in achieving climate resiliency, transforming into Philippine Climate Resilient Cities (PCRC) project.

We signed on August 30 the five-year PCRC to improve climate resilience by enhancing their capacity to understand and use climate adaptation technology. The move towards zero CO2 emissions a major step for us in achieving the goals of PCRC.

We are soon embarking on e-vehicle (EV) bus rapid transit (BRT) by First Balfour, part of the esteemed Lopez Group in the country.

EV-BRT is a low-carbon urban transport system which is seen to reduce traffic congestion and benefit the environment while contributing to the development of the local economy.
Promoting environment-friendly transport system is one of commitments of my administration in line with our development roadmap called W.H.E.E.L.S. (Welfare, Health and Sanitation, Education, Environmental Management, Livelihood, and Sustainability) for Inclusive Development.

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