BAGUIO City’s government is evaluating two unsolicited proposals for a monorail system for the city to address its traffic woes, according to Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong.
Magalong confirmed that the city will pursue a monorail system. Currently, the city is evaluating proposals from Metro Global with BYD (Build Your Dreams) and SYSTRA Philippines.
Metro Global Holdings Corp. is a listed company involved in the Metro Manila Rail Transit Project, while BYD is a major Chinese automaker based in Shenzhen, China. Meanwhile, SYSTRA Philippines is a local company based in Pasig City.
Metro Global previously executed a memorandum of agreement with Baguio City in 2021 to conduct a feasibility study for the development of a smart public transport system that offers access to multiple transport options, including monorail, trolleybus, electric bus, and similar electricity-fed transport.
“The plan is a sustainable long-term strategy to urban mass transport management for Baguio City by easing traffic congestion, improving traffic management, minimizing environmental impact, and increasing benefits of transportation to the public in general,” Metro Global said.
Meanwhile, Magalong signed an executive order in May establishing a technical working group to facilitate the rollout of the low-carbon urban transport system project of the United Nations Development Programme and the Department of Transportation (DoTr).