The Bus Rapid Transit will provide more benefits to all Cebuanos and visitors alike, this was shared during the forum on air quality and health benefits of the Cebu BRT System held last August 28, 2012 at the Laguna Garden Cafe, Ayala Center Cebu.
Based from the Cebu City BRT Steering Committee dated November 2009 which was presented by Atty. Rafael Yap, BRT Project Coordinator and head of CITOM (Cebu City Traffic Operations Management, the Cebu City BRT will provide a premium quality, economic, user-oriented mass transit system that will appeal to the entire spectrum of the residents, workers and visitors to Cebu, and will significantly contribute to Cebu's desire to improve it's economic, environmental and social contributions.
In order find out the air quality and health benefits of the Cebu BRT system, a consultation based approach study was conducted.
The study comprises the methodologies of gathering at least Two thousand respondents with two rounds of repeated meeting in 14 urban barangays of the city; exhibitions in Ayala SM City, and Cebu City Hall; Press Releases; Stakeholders meeting with government and non-government organization; Public Utility Jeepney drivers and operators meeting; Use of website and facebook; and data gathering that includes Seven thousand travel diaries and Three thousand surveys of public transport users.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama’s top concern is to provide a healthy and clean environment to the Cebunaos as soon as the BRT system will be fully implemented in a few years’ time. The mayor is keen on keeping the projects to be implemented in Cebu to be environment friendly.
Mr. Bert Fabian, a transport program manager for Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities in his presentation pointed out that the analysis of the study concludes that among the benefits are the Cebu City will have a wide accessibility, increase land value, terminal and station development among others.
During the forum, Dr. Ystella Ygonia, head of the Cebu City Health Department also shared about the "State of Health of Cebu City's Population: Vulnerabilities to Air Pollution Impact" as well as Dr. John Clifford Aranas, Secretary of the Philippine College Chest Physicians who tackled about the "The Top Ten Medical Facts about Cardiopulmonary Diseases: Links to Air Pollution."