New Filipino Department of Transportation Secretary Will Tackle Traffic Woes in 100 Days

Notorious traffic congestion in Metro Manila will be tacked soon promises Arturo Tugade, the new Department of Transportation Secretary

To discourage people from buying more private cars, which only worsens traffic congestion, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said this Monday that it will consider lifting regulations over its domestic coding scheme. Limiting cars on Metro Manila roads will be enforced with the possible assistance from the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), to track down colorum vehicles, according to LTFRB Chairman Attorney Martin Delgra III.

Delgra however said during a press conference that nothing is final yet, and that the Board will still be coordinating efforts with concerned agencies—particularly the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)—before the scheme is lifted.

Department of Transportation Secretary Tugade, for his part, reiterated that traffic problems needed not one solution but various solutions both long and short term. He said that the agency will continue working to improve the country’s mass transport. such as railway systems, bus rapid transport systems (BRTs), and possibly the construction of cable cars.

“Don’t ask us details about who will do it, how much this will cost. These are all concepts. There are solutions to public transport that can be done immediately, there are some can take a longer period of time,” Tugade said. “I assure you when everything has been finalized, the appropriate announcements will be made.”

He meanwhile stressed the importance of President Duterte being granted special powers by the Congress to address the traffic problem.

“We need to synchronize to have one authority versus traffic. We need to study the procurement system, the bidding system to reduce processes,” Tugade said. “Special powers are not exclusive to one agency. The use of this is for the republic, the whole nation.”

He meanwhile added that he plans to have all immediate public transport concerns addressed within 100 days.

(Source: Philippines News Agency-PNA)