Duterte declares fourth Sunday of November as National Bicycle Day
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the fourth Sunday of November of every year as “National Bicycle Day” in a bid to ensure ecological integrity and a clean and healthy environment.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed Proclamation 1052 on Wednesday, Nov. 18 by the authority of the President.
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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be tasked to lead the National Bicycle Day observance and celebration in coordination with relevant non-government organizations and civil society groups.
All government agencies and instrumentalities and the private sector are enjoined to participate and render the necessary support to the DENR.
The bicycle was one of the modes of transportation approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as Metro Manila was placed under general community quarantine (GCQ).
The government encourages biking for transportation, noting that the two-wheeled vehicle is also cheaper as bikes do not need gasoline to run.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año had disclosed IATF would also require local government units (LGUs) to put up bicycle lanes while public transport remains limited due to COVID-19. [ac]
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