Former senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito urged the government on Sunday to increase investment in biking infrastructure as a way to address the country’s rising fuel prices.
In an interview with DZRH, Ejercito stated that non-motorized modes of transportation should be included in the government’s infrastructure programs.
According to Ejercito, the pandemic urged more people to use bicycles and that more people are spending time outdoors.
“Hindi lang pang-pastime o pang-ehersisyo pero ginagamit na din ito para pang trabaho. Siguro dahil na rin tumataas na din ang presyo ng gasolina,” he said.
(Not just as a past time or for exercise, but also for jobs. Maybe it’s also because of the high cost of gasoline.)
However, as a proponent of transportation and infrastructure development, Ejercito, who is running for re-election to the Senate in the upcoming May 2022 elections, stressed the benefits of using bicycles, especially in health, and this amid the Ukraine-Russia crisis, which pushed up fuel prices.
“Marami tayong benepisyo dito. Unang una, siyempre makakatulong ito sa atin pong physical wellbeing. Panagalawa, sa taas ng presyo ng kuryente, ng gasolina ay kahit papano ito’y makakagaan (It has a lot of benefits. First of all, it can help in our physical well-being. Second, it can provide relief from the high cost of electricity and fuel),” he pointed out.
He said it is best for Filipinos to get used to biking, “just like in Europe” where many of its citizens are biking to work.
Ejercito said there are also environmental benefits of non-motorized modes of transportation. “It will help in lessening the greenhouse effect o yung (or the) environmental impact and lessen carbon dioxide emission,” he emphasized.