ASIDE from emergency powers for the President, a veteran lawmaker is also pushing for the designation of a traffic crisis manager to solve the horrendous traffic in the key cities of the country.
Albay Rep. Joey Salceda has filed House Bill 3712 or an act declaring existence of a traffic and congestion crisis and granting President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to address traffic.
In his proposal, Salceda underscored the need to appoint a traffic crisis manager which main function is to exercise overall traffic management and control.
Salceda, a former three-time governor of Albay, recommended the secretary of transportation as the traffic crisis manager
According to Salceda, the traffic crisis manager will coordinate and work with the President while the emergency power is taking effect.
Under his proposal, the emergency power should only last for three years and only limited to solving traffic.
Citing report of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Salceda said that land and air traffic congestion is costing the country a daily loss of P2.4 billion.
The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), on the other hand, warned that the daily losses will balloon to P6 billion by 2030 if no intervention is undertaken.
For its part, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has reported that airport congestion is causing the airlines at least P7 billion per year in fuel and engine maintenance cost.
“Studies clearly establish that the massive and horrendous traffic congestion in the country has assumed the nature and magnitude of a national emergency, which requires immediate, decisive and comprehensive solutions,” Salceda said.
“Thus, the proposed passage of this bill granting emergency powers to the President for the purpose of addressing the traffic crisis,” he added.
The solon proposed that the traffic crisis manager should sufficiently and purposely exercise all powers and authority delegated by the President in order to mobilize resources of the different national government agencies and to expeditiously and effectively implement measures to alleviate land, air and maritime traffic congestion.