Fresh from the success of winning the Galing Pook Award, Iloilo City won Gold in the Wheels for Work X Bike Lane Awards in celebration of National Bicycle Day on Nov. 27.
The recognition was given for its exemplary contribution and initiative in the promotion of Active Transport.
It was a back-to-back win for Iloilo, besting the cities of Quezon and Mandaue, and Cebu which took home silver and bronze, respectively.
Iloilo beat the cities of Pasig and Quezon in the inaugural rites last year.
This year’s victory capped the week after the I-BIKE Program Promoting the Development of Iloilo City Bike Culture was hailed as the Galing Pook awardee.
“By strengthening a bike-friendly metropolis, we are sustaining the momentum in pedaling towards progress being embraced by both locals and visitors,” Mayor Jerry Treñas stressed.
The awards acknowledge the accomplishments of the Local Government Units (LGUs) and showcase their innovative practices and interventions.
Given by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and Highways, and Department of Health, the awards aim to highlight LGUs that best utilizes the efficiency and effectiveness of bike lanes.
Anchored on a more sustainable and inclusive transport system, the awards also aim to promote road safety for all road users, as well as share innovative practices to improve active transport infrastructure as an example to other LGUs.
This is according to Presidential Proclamation No. 1052, s. 2020 declaring the fourth Sunday of November every year as “National Bicycle Day” in the Philippines to highlight the importance of non-motorized transportation. (Iloilo City PIO)