By Jel Santos
A project aiming to promote healthy and green living among families through expanding physical activities was launched early Saturday by the local government of Pasig City.
Raquel Austria, Pasig City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) chief, said that the whole stretch of F. Ortigas Ave. Jr. Road will be closed to cars every weekends because of the “Carless Weekend” project.
“The whole stretch of F. Ortigas Ave. Jr. Road, formerly Emerald St., 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.
“The reason behind this is that 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 in intends to alter the mindset of people, reiterating that roads are not only for vehicles but for the people.
Austria said that she hopes that the national government might imitate their program, saying it’s about time to implement such. “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.”
Clean Air Asia, during the launch, commended the city government for “helping save the environment from air pollution for the next generation.”
A play pen, CENRO said, will also be set up every weekend for children—a place where they can safely run, play, and bike.
The “Carless Weekend” was ended with a Zumba session participated by all the families who attended.