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House leaders decry festering traffic woes

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Nation
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BOTH the administration and opposition solons in the House of Representatives are not satisfied with the government’s way of addressing the traffic problem in the country’s key cities.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said President Rodrigo Duterte should also give priority to other pressing problems of the country particularly the worsening traffic that is adversely affecting the economy.

“Sad to say, wala pa akong nararamdaman na improvement as far as traffic is concerned sa Metro Manila and maybe Metro Cebu,” Alvarez said.

While Alvarez described Duterte’s first 100 days as successful in crime and drug busting, he urged the President to make a policy on easing the monstrous traffic in the big urban centers.

Meanwhile, Alvarez believes that the local government units (LGUs) should also help the national government in addressing the worsening traffic.
   
On the other hand, the opposition group is asking the Department of Transportation (DoTr)  its plans and programs to solve the traffic.
   
“The improvement of the traffic condition would depend on the speculative plans of the DoTr,” Suarez said.

“One hundred days to Digong’s presidency, we now want to see a President who is equally aggressive in his approach to crucial issues regarding traffic, flood control, taxation, education, health, poverty, hunger, housing and other issues,” the opposition leader added.
   
In a related story, the DoTr and a private group have started the modernization of the transport system.

Yesterday, the Kilusan sa Pagbabago ng Industriya ng Transportasyon (KAPIT) chaired by Atty. Vigor Mendoza launched the new BEEPS or Bagong Jeeps.
   
Initially, more than 10 units of BEEPS were turned-over to drivers/operators to replace their old and nearly-phased out jeepneys.

“We are targeting the poorest of the poor operators and drivers o ang mga nasa laylayan ng industriya,” Mendoza said.
   
With the assistance of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Jinbei Manufacturing of China, the KAPIT is targeting at least 1,000 units to be distributed to poor drivers or operators, for them to replace their old jeepneys.
   
“Admittedly, we cannot help everyone given the huge capital requirement, we hope that, through this private sector initiative, government will come in and continue where we no longer can, and do the change to be done to make the Philippine transport system at par with the best in the world,” Mendoza added.