San Fernando: Building the foundations for a bike-friendly PH

Pampanga Pilipinas in Action San Fernando

To culminate the productive month we had, our Pilipinas In Action (PIA) team decided to visit San Fernando, Pampanga, to turn over more bicycle sets to the city’s essential workers. 

To our surprise, protected bike lanes welcomed us along the road, which we found out were established even before the COVID-19 pandemic started. This sustainable initiative was made possible through the efforts of Mayor Edwin Santiago, who has made it his mission to make San Fernando the most bike-friendly city in the country. This also supports his advocacy to promote health and the environment among his constituents.

Sharing the same advocacy as Mayor Edwin, we were joined in the bike turnover by Pilipinas In Action's founder, Senator Pia S. Cayetano. In her brief message to local officials and the program’s beneficiaries, the senator stressed that it was high time that the country shifted from a car-centric society, to one that promotes the use of more sustainable and accessible forms of travel, including biking and walking. 

In partnership with Microgenesis Software Inc., we were able to donate 10 bike sets to both community responders and essential workers in the city.

In its timeliness, Senator Pia’s Safe Pathways Network Bill was also passed in the Senate a few days after our visit. This measure mandates more carefully planned bicycle lanes all over the country, promoting biking as an alternative and more sustainable mode of transportation. With this, we're hoping to encourage more cities like San Fernando to establish their own protected bike lanes and build the foundations for a more bicycle-friendly Philippines! #

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