Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted a capacity and capability development seminar on Urban Transport System last March 15, 2018 at the Plenary Hall of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. – Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (RAFI-EADSC).
JICA has been conducting “Master Plan Study and Institutional Development of Urban Transport System in Metro Cebu” since July 2017 in response to the request by the Philippine Government. This project stems from the “Roadmap Study for Sustainable Urban Development in Metro Cebu” carried out from 2013 to 2015 by JICA and aims for the following objectives;
- To formulate the Metro Cebu Urban Transport Master Plan for the year of 2022 (short term), 2028 and 2040 (medium term), and 2050 (long term);
- To identify priority projects and to conduct a pilot project and a Pre-F/S for some priority projects to be included in the Master Plan; and
- To strengthen the capacity of Metro Cebu agencies responsible for urban transportation in such areas as planning, implementation, and coordination.
The four-day seminar focused on enhancing individual competence and strengthening institutional functional capacity. In line with that, JICA Project Team is planning to carry out GIS training and a study visit to Japan. This Capacity Development seminar is also a part of the activities of the study visit to Japan, scheduled in late May 2018. Around 30 participants from LGUs attended the first day seminar.
The seminar covers the topics about; urban development and transport planning, introduction to transport planning, traffic engineering and management, introduction to public transportation, mobility management, institutional framework and traffic signal and control. A guest from Kobe City, Japan will present about urban development master plan in Kobe City, urban management for the implementation of master plan and the development management and control for establishing infrastructure system in Kobe City.