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Carless Wednesdays to be implemented soon in UP
by Spencer P. Cayabyab

For environmental and health purposes, the University of the Philippines Baguio will implement the “Carless Wednesday” starting next month.

Professor Erlinda Palaganas, director for UPB Students Affairs and head of the Green Campus Committee, said the “Carless Wednesday” campaign is one of the initiatives undertaken by the campus to slowly transform UP Baguio into a greener community.

Last year, one of the main issues faced by the Green Campus Committee was the excessive pollution experienced along the UP Drive due to smoke emissions coming from public and private vehicles.

The “Carless Wednesday” campaign of UP Baguio will prohibit public and private vehicles, including taxis, jeepneys, and trucks, from entering the UP Baguio gates.

UP Baguio Chancellor Raymundo Rovillos, in a statement, said the university is implementing the campaign to encourage the students and workers to walk and eventually help in decreasing carbon footprints.

Palaganas shared the history of the campaign, saying it was originally proposed by the Wellness Committee to promote healthy living among students and faculty by walking towards the campus.

“At the same time, nakadikit din sa lifestyle na baka naman pwedeng ‘yung faculty member na may kotse na maglakad naman on a Wednesday morning. Kahit i-garahe nila ‘yang kotse nila sa labas basta maglakad sila papasok dito sa UP,” Palaganas said.

Pwede rin nilang subukang mag-jeep, mag-public transportation lalung-lalo na ‘yung mga faculty member na hindi nakakaranas mag-jeep,” Palaganas added.

The campaign has already been disseminated to the offices and colleges last month. So far, no complaint has been received.

Prior to the Carless Wednesday Campaign, UP Baguio has already banned the use of plastics and tarpaulins inside the campus. The administration is set to install a running signage in the university lobby wherein congratulatory messages will be flashed.


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