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The Department of Transportation, together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Health (DOH), and SM Cares, led the virtual launching and celebration of National Bike Day Bike Lane Awards 2021 today, 26 November 2021. 
"As we celebrate the National Bike Day for the second time this coming Sunday we hope to give credit where it is due by honoring the exemplary efforts of the Local Government Units (LGUs) who have pushed for active transportation through the establishment of new infrastructure and the implementation of various support programs in the last two years," DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Steve Pastor said.
As the country continues to battle Covid-19, the DOTr has been pushing for innovative ways for easier and safer travel to the public. The National Bike Day: Bike Lane Awards 2021 recognizes the laudable effort of the LGUs towards a more inclusive and sustainable road infrastructure network that caters to the needs of all road users.
Hailed as the winner for the National Bike Day 2021 Gold award is Iloilo City. Pasig City bagged the Silver award, while Quezon City won the Bronze Award.
Further, DILG Assistant Secretary for Special Concerns Local Government Sector Atty. Odilon L. Pasaraba sent his warm appreciation for the established collaboration among government agencies and various stakeholders. SM Cares President Steven Tan congratulated all the participating and winning LGUs for creating local bike lane networks to help the Filipino bike commuters safely navigate along the road.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also applauded the national and local government units and partner organizations for their efforts which support the DOH's goal of a more healthy Philippines through active transport.
"We hope that active transport remains, which is why, we, at the Department of Health are working to make active transport a reality across the country. We recognized and commend the LGUs who have created the most impact towards sustaining active transport," Secretary Duque said. 
Representing DOTr Secretary Art Tugade, Undersecretary for Finance Giovanni Lopez highlighted the active support of LGUs, the importance of giving proper spaces for cyclists, and the promotion of safe and effective modes of transportation.
"Sa aming mga Local Government Units, maraming salamat sa inyo, sa patuloy ninyong pagsulong ng pagbibisikleta habang sinisiguro na ligtas ang mga gumagamit ng mga bike lane. Sa awarding ceremony na ito, LAHAT TAYO PANALO. PILIPINO ANG PANALO," Usec. Lopez said. 
Meanwhile, Plaques of Recognition were awarded to the Municipality of Carmona, Cavite, for the 1st to 3rd Class Municipality category, and the Municipality of Llanera in Nueva Ecija for the 4th to 6th class municipality category for their exemplary contribution and initiatives in promoting Active Transportation.
Special awards were also given to Mandaue City to recognize its commendable implementation, monitoring, and evaluation practices relative to the promotion of active transport. Taguig City received similar accolades for its noteworthy initiatives in establishing institutional mechanisms for active transportation.
Plaques of Appreciation were also awarded to the following LGUs: Mandaluyong City, Tabuk City (Kalinga), Cebu City, San Fernando City (La Union), Cagayan De Oro, Davao City, Santa Rosa City (Laguna), and Naga City (Camarines Sur). 
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