INCREASE reliability of Baguio's PUJ fleet & NO to the proposed Car park in Burnham Park

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PETITION TO INCREASE THE PUJ FLEET'S RELIABILITY TO ESTABLISH A BETTER MASS TRANSPORT SYSTEM and CANCEL THE PROPOSED PARKING INFRASTRUCTURE IN BAGUIO’S BURNHAM PARK 

The city’s lack of parking facilities has been heeded by SM Supermalls. There stands a high capacity mega-structure which we believe if partnered by the LGU would increase its highest and best use to help ease congestion. The plan to erect one in Burnham Park will not warrant a sure-fix and the salient points raised by the BAGUIO WE WANT FORUM petition stands that the park is an aquifer, is with historical significance (by the NHCP), and an area for evacuees in times of calamities, to mention a few. This said petition already garnered 14,506 signatures at the time of this writing. BWWF Petition

EQUALITY in transport planning means that the same treatment is given to all social sectors regardless of differences (1) while EQUITY means FAIRNESS (2), considers differences and plans from there. Baguio is home to 330,000 residents wherein 10% of the population owns a car. This means that a good majority are COMMUTERS.

If the city leaders persist in approving this parking infrastructure, it is saying:

1.       that car owners are more valuable than public transport commuters

2.       that cars are more valuable than our heritage park

3.       that there are no plans to achieve EQUITY in transportation programs.

This petition does not aim to be divisive, I/We do not intend to express disapproval towards those who have cars, especially those who maximize the carrying capacity of their vehicles (ie. a family with young children, PWD, medical practitioners and senior citizens) – I/we respect each motorists’ rights. We only refuse to remain the neglected sector of the community and believe that there are better approaches to achieve better mobility for all. PUJ commuters endure roofless waiting sheds, long lines before and after work/school, and suffer a financial shock when pushed to take a taxi and get stuck in traffic like everyone else to name a few.

We heavily rely on public utility jeepneys because it helps us financially, PUJs are efficient with carrying capacity which means it can potentially help ease congestion. Putting up a structure in Burnham designed for car parking is a disservice and out of touch strategy to the commuting public, misallocation of funds and a move that will drastically deform our heritage park. 

I/We urge the decision-makers to:

A.      Explore ways to maximize existing parking infrastructure

There is no intention to promote the business of the mall - it is to work with what's readily available instead of building more. 

B.      Explore ways on how to empower the PUJ fleet and increase its reliability

a.       Establish priority passage, exclusive jeepney lanes and organized un/loading stations

b.       New and strategic locations for PUJ stations

c.       Establish strong coordination plans with Barangays to support the timely dispatching of PUJ units

d.        Action plans to decrease the waiting times of commuters

C.      Scrap plans to add to the Park’s building footprint

 

Please consider planning EQUITY in transport programs instead of equality. We, the neglected sector of Baguio, have needs too and we deserve no less than those who have their means of transport. To our dear city leaders, PLEASE EXPLORE WAYS TO IMPROVE AND INCREASE THE RELIABILITY OF PUBLIC UTILITY JEEPNEYS and CANCEL THE PROPOSED PARKING INFRASTRUCTURE IN BAGUIO’S BURNHAM PARK

 

#PeopleFirst

 

1 EQUITY AND MOBILITY: https://issuu.com/cite7/docs/tt40.2-summer2018/24

2 HORIZONTAL FAIRNESS: http://bca.transportationeconomics.org/benefits/equity-benefits