This article was originally published by ICLEI South East Asia Secretariat.
The local governments of Quezon City and Pasig City continue to make their streets more walkable, cyclable, and environment-friendly by launching new initiatives to enable active mobility.
Quezon City Mayor Hon. Joy Belmonte and Pasig City Mayor Hon. Vico Sotto launched the initiatives on 25 July 2023 during the memorandum of understanding signing and kickoff workshop of the Sparking Active Mobility Actions for Climate-friendly Cities (SPARK) project being implemented by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC).
A kickoff workshop was held after the ceremony, which saw technical heads and staff from both cities participating in focus group discussions on key project elements and staff from Philippine national agencies brainstorming the possible composition of the National Project Advisory Group (NPAG).
Funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMUV), SPARK aims to increase the role of active mobility in building resilient and safe transport systems, contribute to national emission reduction targets, and promote climate-friendly mobility behavior.