USTDA Supports Climate-Smart Transportation in the Philippines

Arlington, VA – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced a grant to the Philippines’ Department of Transportation (DOTr) for technical assistance to improve mobility and reduce traffic congestion in Metro Cebu. USTDA’s assistance will develop a comprehensive plan to deploy an intelligent transportation system in the Philippines’ second largest metropolitan area.

“This project underscores USTDA’s commitment to supporting climate-smart transportation infrastructure solutions,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Acting Director. “Through this partnership with DOTr, we are supporting the adoption of state-of-the-art traffic control technologies that will improve mobility and reduce emissions on Metro Cebu’s roadways.”

USTDA’s grant will assist DOTr in evaluating smart mobility solutions through the development of a master plan for Metro Cebu’s 13 local government units. The project is expected to play a critical role in enhancing system-wide transportation infrastructure improvements in Metro Cebu, including a new bus rapid transit system that is currently under development.

“With this grant signing, we are finally getting closer to realizing our dream. Having an intelligent transport system means having a seamless movement of people and services,” said Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade. “That’s why our initiative involves the harmonization of several projects in Metro Cebu, including a Bus Rapid Transit, express service going to the airport and eventually integrating it to rail line projects.”

Secretary Tugade added: “We have been pursuing the implementation of this Integrated Transportation System so that Cebuanos will be able to experience a comfortable and convenient life through enhanced connectivity and mobility in and around the city.”

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

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