METROPOLITAN Manila, the country’s premier region, suffers heavily from traffic congestion during the so-called holiday rush.
Aware of the adverse effects of traffic congestion to the still struggling local economy, Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez wants the government to act now and … fast.
This early, Romualdez and House Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu urged concerned government agencies to start clearing major roads and alternate routes in the metropolis.
“We have to make sure that all roads are passable to lessen the impact of the expected heavy traffic due to Christmas rush,” said Romualdez, wife of ex-Rep. Martin G. Romualdez.
Parking on sides of the roads, she said, should not be the case anymore to avoid traffic snarls, particularly during rush hours.
Undoubtedly, there are local government, village and traffic officials who have absolutely no concern for the welfare and interests of motorists, passengers and even pedestrians.
These public servants have less than noble objectives who would like nothing else than to use their positions for their own selfish interests.
Abu also appealed to the Duterte administration to consider shifting international container traffic to the Batangas and Subic ports to decongest the Metropolitan Manila area.
A study by the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department showed that using the two ports will address congestion in the metropolis and bring growth to other region.
If the government ignores the call of Romualdez and Abu, then we are in for more problems during the long holiday season.
Baka lalong magkawindang-windang ang daloy ng trapiko sa mga pangunahing lansangan sa Metropolitan Manila at karatig-pook.