Duterte reiterates order to LGUs to fix traffic in Metro Manila
Aileen Cerrudo • July 23, 2019 • 693
President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his order to Metro Manila local government units (LGU) to fix the traffic in their area.
During his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte also said to reclaim all public roads that are being used for private ends.
“I reiterate my directive, my request, my pleadings to the MMDA and all concerned local officials in Metro Manila, and all other cities, to undertake immediate action to ensure the speedy and smooth flow of vehicular traffic.” he said in his speech on Monday (July 22).
The president also mentioned, billions are lost due to traffic in Metro Manila. He also warned government officials in Metro Manila that they will face suspension if they do not follow his directive.
“I asked Secretary Año to see to it that this is enforced. If there is a mayor or a governor, suspend him sir Año,” he said.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government will make an inventory of all public roads in Metro Manila.
The Quezon City government is proposing to use parking spaces in malls as a solution to the illegal parking problem in the city.
This was after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) imposed a 60-day deadline for city mayors to conduct road clearing in their respective cities.
According to Quezon City Traffic Chief Atty. Ariel Inton, this can be a solution to the illegal parking problem in the city. However, Inton said parking fares should be low.
“Ang mga challenge niyan, number one kailangan kung may sisingilin mababa. Number two, iyong mga tao mismo dapat masanay sa ganoon, konting lakad lang naman ito, (The challenge is, number one, the parking fares should be low. Number two, the people should get used to it, it’s just a short walk),” he said.
The Quezon City government is also looking for vacant private lots which can also be used as parking spaces.
Meanwhile, the city government continues to conduct clearing operations. On Tuesday (Aug 13), authorities issued violation tickets to illegally parked vehicles along the streets of Barangay Socorro.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
Motorists were advised to avoid Roxas Boulevard, Mel Lopez Avenue and other areas in Manila en route to the Port of Manila on Friday (Aug 9) due to the truck build-up.
This was after the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) temporarily ceased the operations of port cranes due to the strong winds brought by the bad weather.
“As a result, nag-ipon ipon iyong mga trucks sa port gates (the trucks at the port gates built up) and surrounding premises, contributing to vehicular congestion along major thoroughfares leading to/from port gates in South Harbor,” according to PPA General Manager Jay Santiago.
Several parts of Manila experienced heavy traffic early Friday due to the truckers in the Port Area.
Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno reminded truck operators and drivers to maintain road discipline. The Manila mayor laments that these truck drivers occupy lanes not intended for them.
“Nakisuyo kami sa mga truck operator na kausapin maigi iyong kanilang mga driver. Kapag traffic, traffic. Huwag nating buntisin ang kalsada (We implore truck operators to remind their drivers that if it is traffic, it’s traffic. Let us not occupy all the lanes). Let’s follow the lane given to them,” he said.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)
Since Friday last week, the traffic situation along EDSA has gone from bad to worse.
Commuters and motorists alike are blaming the Metropolitan Manila Development Authorities (MMDA) for its strict implementation of the yellow lane policy.
The MMDA, however, countered that the agency is only clearing out the lanes from undisciplined bus drivers who would haphazardly stop along EDSA to take in passengers.
MMDA said this practice would cause congestion as what happened last Monday (August 5).
Despite the measure taken by the MMDA, it earned criticism on social media, branding the agency as anti-commuter.
MMDA traffic czar Col. Edison “Bong” Nebrija said yellow lanes on EDSA would never be congested if only motorists will learn how to give way to each other.
The MMDA pointed out that the lack of discipline of motorists, particularly city bus drivers, causes traffic congestion along Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.
“Discipline. Kapag tinanong mo yung bus (driver), alam mo ba yung tama? Lisensyado ka ba? Alam mo yung tama? Oo, Sir. Alam mo yung mali” Yes, Sir. Alam mong mali yung ginagawa mo? Opo. Eh bakit mo ginagawa? Traffic, Sir, eh [When you ask the bus (driver), do you know what’s right? Do you have a license? Do you know what’s right? Yes, Sir. Do you know what’s wrong? Yes, Sir. Do you know that what you’re doing is wrong? Yes. So why do you still do it? Because it’s traffic, Sir],” Nebrija cited. (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf
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