Press Release

This is high time with the traffic that is happening in EDSA, that I would like to share with you all, The Bayanihan sa Daan (Road Sharing Project) which is a change of mindset of everyone; not just the commuters or the motorists. As we grew up, we have this notion that the measure of success is owning a car. Now we are suffering the consequences of consumerism and poor urban planning, with the heavy traffic around Metro Manila as a daily reminder.

(L-R: Byron Villegas of United Folding Bikers, James Orlanda of Speed Magazine, Rhoel Fernandez of Publishing, Allan Enriquez of, 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)
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

  1. 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)

  2. Public Transportation
    - To make public transportation safe, reliable, efficient, and convenient

  3. 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.

The Share The Road Movement in my opinion can clearly make the traffic conditions around the metro better and also help the environment. This would mean a lot of changes, like more roads for bike lanes plus covered & proper walkways for commuters. This would be great news for running enthusiasts and cyclists, more safe roads for us!

Let’s not blame the government for the traffic, let’s just be part of the solution!

Article published on August 29, 2015