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‘Carless weekend’ on F. Ortigas Road launched

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By Jel Santos

The whole stretch of F. Ortigas Jr. Road will be closed to cars every weekend as part of the “Carless Weekend” project of the local government of Pasig City.

The project, which aims to promote healthy and green living, was launched early yesterday morning.

Raquel Austria, Pasig City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) chief, said that “the the whole stretch of F. Ortigas Jr. Road, formerly Emerald Avenue., will be closed from 6 a.m. of Saturday to 12 midnight of Sunday. Cars are prohibited to use the road for it will be utilized by families,” she said in an interview.

“Mayor Bobby Eusebio wants to promote Bayanihan sa Daan or to promote family and community unity and bonding as well as to promote clean air, low emission, and low impact vehicle activities. We want to connect walking, biking, and public transport.”

She said that the project also intends to alter the mindset of people to think of roads as not only for vehicles but for also the people.

Austria said that she hopes that the national government might imitate their program. “The traffic in the country consumes a lot of money. As such, it consumes family time and community time. These are the factors we should consider.”

During the launch, Clean Air Asia commended the city government for “helping save the environment from air pollution for the next generation.”

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