I have the same sentiment as with the founder of this movement.
Everyday, I ride five to six public utility vehicles just to reach our office in Ortigas Center, Pasig City and spending 65 to 85 minutes on the road for two decades now! Considering the distance between our house and the office is only 8.3 kilometers. I usually feel so tired in the morning even the work for the day haven’t started yet. The traffic and pollution are terrible, not yet counting the stress brought about by constant crossing the streets to transfer from one vehicle to another. Going home is another story.
Getting a cab during rush hours is no joke too. If I’m ‘lucky’ enough, will spend at least 30 minutes to get one, but it will cost me almost a fifth of my daily income, an impractical option.
On road safety in Metro Manila, sidewalk ways are mere two to three feet wide with countless obstructions like lamp posts, plant boxes?? parked vehicles of different sizes, or there’s no sidewalk at all.
I hope that more and more people will support the advocacy of Share the Road Movement and really get involved to make commuting in the Metro, even a bit, easier for long-time commuter like me.
Bayanihan sa Daan
‘Bayanihan’ comes from two beautiful Filipino words: Bayan – community and cooperation; bayani – hero. Bayanihan meaning ‘cooperative heroism.’
It is a movement of the Filipino People, headed by Atty. Antonio Oposa Jr, one of the most well renowned Environmental Lawyer in the Philippines, with the support of the MMDA, Office of the President, DOTC, DPWH, DENR, DILG, DSWD, DOH, etc. and Civil Society groups, Clean Air Asia, Philippine Medical Association, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Partnership for Clean Air, Cycling Organizations and others,
Bayanihan sa Daan’s Mission
- Clean Air
- To improve the air quality of urban centers and to reduce the discharge of climate-disrupting gases , which causes Non-communicable disease (NCD)
- Public Transportation
- To make public transportation safe, reliable, efficient, and convenient
- Walk and Bike
- To give proper spaces for non-motorized transport for people who want to walk or bike and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
What is the Road Sharing principle?
The principle of Bayanihan sa Daan (Road Sharing) is that roads are meant to move people, not motor vehicles. The motor vehicles are equipment that can move people over long distances and must be used in a manner that is safe, efficient, convenient and reliable.
Simply put, it is the just sharing of roads, properly organizing busses, private vehicles and the allocation of bike lanes and wider, more useable pedestrian lanes.
“ Those who have less in wheels should have more in roads”
What is the goal of the Movement?
The Main goal of the movement is for a cleaner more breathable air and to reduce cases of Non – Communicable disease, by educating people to shift to a healthier lifestyle by biking or walking more. Also to fix, current traffic situation, by making public transportation more efficient, easy and reliable for commuters. Doing so should lessen the people’s reliability on private transportation. Concurrently, the movement aims to enable people to have the option to walk or bike, by providing wider sidewalks and bike lanes.
(L-R: Byron Villegas of United Folding Bikers, James Orlanda of Speed Magazine, Rhoel Fernandez of spin.ph/Summit Publishing, Allan Enriquez of RunningFreeManila.com, Patrick Joson of Fondo Manila/Multisport Magazine, Atty. Tony Oposa, Founder of Bayanihan sa Daan, Charie Villa of Tao Po Organization, Vangge Giorgetti of Tao Po Foundation, Sachiko Numano of Bayanihan sa Daan, Elen Basug, Merva Arapo and Ian Cruz of Environmental Management Bureau, DENR)