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Asia: Sustainable transportation project in Davao gets $1 million in funds

A $1 million technical assistance project funded by Japan seeks to develop a sustainable urban public transport system in the City of Davao in the Philippines.

The Asian Development Bank, the Department of Transportation and Communications, the City of Davao and the Embassy of Japan will be cooperating on the project which will be supported by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction.

The City of Davao is the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines and the country’s largest city in terms of land area.

Public transport, in the form of tricycles, jeepneys and multi-cabs, is still the main mode of transport in Davao, accounting for 80 percent of trips.

“Public transport is not a choice for many; it is the only mode available to them. The vast majority of Davao’s population does not have access to private vehicles or motorcycles and, thus, are captive public transport users,” said Kunio Senga, Director General of A.D.B.’s Southeast Asia Department.


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