Author: Tony La Viña
Last week was good for someone like me, who is both an academic and practitioner in the field of governance. It was a week of learning from experiences all over the world in the area of urban development and transportation. This was because of three visitors from the United States of America—Benjamin de la Peña and Amira Ibrahim of Rockefeller Foundation (a US based philanthropic organization that supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges) and Susan Zielenski, the Managing Director of SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation), a project of the Transportation Research Institute and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in the University of Michigan. They were here as partners of the Ateneo School of Government which is undertaking a study on transportation and mobility in Metro Manila.
We are doing this study in collaboration with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority under the leadership of Chairman Francis Tolentino. In doing his job, as seen in his political will to implement anti-smoking policies, protect the skyline of our city from excessive billboards and now in setting aside lanes exclusively for motorcycles to ensure safety, Chairman Tolentino has proven to be an innovative and dynamic leader. We will also be working with local government leaders like Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista who understands what is at stake in transportation and stayed the whole day with the ASoG team and other transportation stakeholders in an inception workshop on the project held also last week.
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