SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano warned that the longer it takes for Congress to grant emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte aimed to address the perennial traffic crisis, the longer it will take to resolve the mobility problems in Metro Manila and other urban centers nationwide.
He made the warning during Thursday’s resumption of the Senate public hearing on several proposed measures to give the President emergency powers to address the traffic congestion.
Cayetano urged his colleagues at the Senate to immediately pass an emergency measure to end the traffic mess. “For every one month na hindi maibigay ang emergency powers, additional three to six months sa implementation ng (infrastructure) projects,” he said.
“Marami kasi sa ating kapwa senador ang nag-iisip na kung one month delay, one month lang. We need to explain na hindi ganun. The earlier (the President) gets the emergency powers, the more na mabilis ang momentum of real change,” he said.
Cayetano also appealed to members of the House of Representatives to fast-track the passage of their counterpart bill. “Nakiki-usap tayo sa House of Representatives na sabayan at bilisan din nila ang pagpasa ng panukalang ito,” he said.
He earlier filed Senate Bill No. 999 or the “Freedom from Traffic and Congestion Act of 2016,” which seeks to authorize the President and heads of transport-related executive agencies to utilize necessary resources and employ executive actions to address the crisis.
Cayetano said that giving emergency powers to the executive branch would speed up the implementation of transportation and infrastructure projects, which will pave the way for the construction of faster and more reliable transport services nationwide.