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Easing traffic woes

  • Written by People's Tonight
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ALL eyes are on corrupt public servants, drug pushers and other criminals, but traffic jams also
worry government authorities and the riding public in the Metropolitan Manila area.
And the people, notably motorists, believe that it is strongly possible that traffic
congestion will continue to worsen because of the still mushrooming number of motor vehicles in the
A really bigger problem is if people from the countryside, where majority of the poor live,
insist on abandoning their villages to look for greener pastures in the over-crowded metropolis.
That’s why we doff our hat to a congressman for urging the Department of Transportation
(DoTr) to operate ferries along the 26-kilometer Pasig River using low-cost funding from China.
House Deputy Minority Leader and Makati City Rep. Luis Campos, Jr. said the government
should not wait for private firms to revive the Pasig River as an alternative public transport
“Since nobody from the private sector is prepared to establish a permanent ferry service,
then the government itself, (through the DoTr), should acquire and run the commuter boats,” said
Campos asked concerned government agencies, like the Department of Finance (DoF), to
include a new Pasig River Water Bus Project in the next batch of ventures for Chinese concessional
China has pledged some $7.34 billion in grants and low-interest loans for building new
infrastructure in Manila, according to the finance department, headed by Secretary Carlos
“Malaki ang maitutulong ng ferry service sa makasaysayang Pasig River para mabigyang
solusyon ang sobrang pagsisikip ng trapiko sa Metropolitan Manila at karatig pook,” said a public
The public servant, a casual employee, lives in Sampaloc, Manila but works in Makati, which
is the country’s premier city.
Thus, the proposed DoTr ferry service along the 26-kilometer Pasig River is good news
considering the worsening problem of traffic congestion not only in Metro Manila but also in nearby
towns and cities.