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UP’s ‘carless’ Wednesdays receives mixed reactions
by Roland Rabang

LESSER CARBON FOOTPRINT -- The absence of vehicles gives way to open spaces at the University of Baguio Baguio during “Carless Wednesdays”, a newly enacted university policy prohibiting the parking of cars within the UPB compound for a day. -- Roland Rabang

The University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) has implemented first day of a once-a-week vehicle-free campus on Aug. 2.

Dubbed “Carless Wednesdays,” the newly enacted university policy prohibits the parking of cars within the UPB compound for the rest of the day.

Chancellor Raymundo D. Rovillos said the measure was implemented to reduce the university’s “carbon footprint.”  By prohibiting the flow of cars within the campus once a week, the university hopes to gain cleaner air within its surroundings. 

“Also by pedestrianizing the campus, we hope to encourage the UPB community to walk around,” Rovillos said.

“Carless Wednesdays” is one of the initiatives of UPB under an environment-oriented strategy called the “Green Campus” policy.  Under the same guideline, even the posting of tarpaulin signs are now prohibited within the campus.  Earlier, the university also banned the selling of bottled water, or even to bring them to school.

Instead, students have been urged to bring their own water bottles as water stations have been assigned at the canteen area should they need a refill.

The first-day implementation of “Carless Wednesdays” has been met with mixed reactions. While some were appreciative of the pleasant effect of an uncongested campus, others were annoyed that the rule also prohibits public utility vehicles such as cabs to ferry passengers within the campus.

“Resistance is expected, but people will get used to it eventually,” Rovillos said.  He cited a previous policy to ban smoking within the UPB premises. 

“The resistance was fierce at first, but eventually this policy is now well in place.”


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