(SPOT.ph) If there's anything we learned during the pandemic, it's that Metro Manila is in dire need of open spaces and pedestrian-friendly streets where people can bike, walk safely, or just hang out away from the four walls of their homes and offices. Pasig City's local government recognizes this necessity and has made efforts to transform spaces into "People's Streets". In fact, Lopez Jaena Street in Barangay Sumilang has been declared car-free every Sunday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"May mga barangay tayo na walang maluwag na open space para makapaglaro ang mga bata o para makapag-exercise nang hindi kailangan makipagpatintero sa mga malalaking sasakyan. Kaya nakakatuwang makita na kahit once a week man lang ay may malaking free space para sa lahat (lalo na para sa mga bata). Puwedeng maglaro, mag-zumba, o kahit tumambay lang sa ating kalsada tuwing Linggo," said Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto in a post on May 22, the first day of their "People's Street' in Sumilang.
Three more barangays are requesting to coordinate with the city government to launch their own car-less Sundays.
At present, Emerald Avenue in Barangay San Antonio implements car-less Sundays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The area is a well-known People's Street that was initially closed off to vehicular traffic on both days of the weekend pre-pandemic. But when it reopened to the public in November 2021, it was made available only every Sunday.
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