- Posted January 6, 2011 by
Quezon City, Philippines
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Monorail system in UP Diliman
There are reports of a monorail transportation system that is set to be constructed in the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. The aim is to provide a low-cost, efficient, and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation for the campus that will complement the existing passenger jeepneys. A test track will be built by April this year for 50 million pesos.
While it is true that the monorial have huge benefits, some issues can already be seen even prior to the construction. First, jeepney drivers are worried that the monorail would compete with their service and thus negatively affect their livelihood. Other stakeholders, residents of the campus for example, may also have some reservations regarding the project. It would be interesting to examine how the concerns of different stakeholders may hinder technological advancement, and vice versa.
Moreover, in light of the recent 1.39 billion pesos budget cut imposed on UP by the government, it would be worthwhile to analyze whether allocating funds to a monorail system project is a wise decision. Some may say that funds should instead be spent on campus buildings, teaching materials, or learning equipment and that the monorail should not be the top priority.
The Department of Science and Technology secretary could be interviewed for the details of the project and its benefits. Leaders of the jeepney transport groups and other stakeholders could be asked on the possible detriments or harmful side-effects of the project. Finally, campus sector leaders (faculty, staff, student leaders) could be asked on their opinion of the project given the recent budget cut.