Road-Sharing Principle the Bayanihan Way: Bayanihan sa Daan

Metro Manila Traffic is horrendous.  I tried writing all the thoughts that came into my mind about everything that’s wrong with our current setup and my suggestions when I realized that there’s just so much I’d end up with a novel.  Fortunately, there’s already a group that came up with a campaign called Bayanihan sa Daan to help address the issue.

From left to right: Byron Villegas of United Folding Bikers, James Orlanda of Speed Magazine, Rhoel Fernandez of spin.ph/Summit Publishing, Allan Enriquez of RunningFreeManila.com, Patrick Joson of Fondo Manila/Multisport Magazine, Atty. Tony Oposa, Jr., Founder of Bayanihan sa Daan, Charie Villa of Tao Po Organization, Vangge Giorgetti of Tao Po Foundation, Sachiko Numano of Bayanihan sa Daan, Elen Basug, Merva Arapo and Ian Cruz of Environmental Management Bureau, DENR

— Press Release —

Bayanihan sa Daan

Bayanihan comes from two beautiful Filipino words: Bayan–community and cooperation; bayani–hero.  Bayanihan meaning “cooperative heroism.”

It is a movement of the Filipino People, headed by Atty. Antonio Oposa, Jr., one of the most well renowned Environmental Lawyer in the Philippines, with the support of the MMDA, Office of the President, DOTC, DPWH, DENR, DILG, DSWD, DOH, etc. and Civil Society groups, Clean Air Asia, Philippine Medical Association, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Partnership for Clean Air, Cycling Organizations and others.

Bayanihan sa Daan’s Mission

  1. Clean Air
    To improve the air quality of urban centers and to reduce the discharge of climate-disrupting gases, which causes non-communicable disease (NCD)
  2. Public Transportation
    To make public transportation safe, reliable, efficient, and convenient
  3. Walk and Bike
    To give proper spaces for non-motorized transport for people who want to walk or bike and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

What is the Road Sharing principle?

The principle of Bayanihan sa Daan (Road Sharing) is that roads are meant to move people, not motor vehicles.  The motor vehicles are equipment that can move people over long distances and must be used in a manner that is safe, efficient, convenient and reliable.

Simply put, it is the just sharing of roads, properly organizing buses, private vehicles and the allocation of bike lanes and wider, more useable pedestrian lanes.

“Those who have less in wheels should have more in roads” —Felino Palafox, Jr.

What is the goal of the Movement?

The main goal of the movement is for a cleaner more breathable air and to reduce cases of non-communicable disease, by educating people to shift to a healthier lifestyle by biking or walking more.  Also to fix, current traffic situation, by making public transportation more efficient, easy and reliable for commuters. Doing so should lessen the people’s reliability on private transportation.  Concurrently, the movement aims to enable people to have the option to walk or bike, by providing wider sidewalks and bike lanes.

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Here’s a story shared by Atty. Antonio Oposa, Jr.:

There was a kid who was walking to school when he was almost side swept by a car.  He promised himself that one day, he will own his own car.  He grew up to become a rich and successful businessman.  One day, he suddenly collapsed and he was diagnosed of “lifestyle” diseases and the doctor recommended him to walk every day.  But when he tried, he could not even find a single sidewalk and the streets are full with vehicles and he cannot even go out because of pollution.

All of us will grow old and hopefully when that day comes, we don’t wake up to a city that’s mostly road and cars! 🚌🚓🚕🚗🚙🚚🚛

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As a person who loses three to four hours of his life daily to traffic, I’m just appalled by how severe the traffic congestion in Metro Manila, particularly EDSA, had become.  My daily commute from Quezon City to Makati City, a distance of about 20 kilometers, takes two to three hours during rush hour, one way.  I can run half a marathon in around two hours so there are days that I can actually get to the office faster if I just run.  But right now, that is not that feasible as roads are not pedestrian-friendly (you may read my challenges in running along EDSA here).  This road-sharing campaign when fully realized should allow those willing and able to walk, run, or bike to their destinations safely.  I welcome this initiative and I am expressing my support for Bayanihan sa Daan. 👍

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