By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the fourth Sunday of November as “National Bicycle Day.”
In his Proclamation No. 1052 dated November 18, Duterte ordered the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to lead the observance and celebration of the National Bicycle Day.
He also enjoined all other government agencies, state universities and colleges, and local government units to actively participate and support the DENR for the effective implementation of this proclamation.
“There is a need to highlight the importance of non-motorized transportation as a means of fostering sustainable development and promoting environmental health that is conducive to the physical health and well-being of all Filipinos,” the President said.
The Chief Executive also cited Republic Act No. 8749 or the “Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999” that mandates the national government to focus primarily on pollution prevention rather than control, and provide for a comprehensive management program for air pollution, such as the promotion of non-motorized transport, and emphasis on public transport, and travel demand measures.
He likewise mentioned the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 that seeks to ensure ecological integrity and a clean and healthy environment by promoting eco-friendly technology, systems and practices.