PANGASINAN–Presidential bets raised transportation development platforms on decongesting traffic in Metro Manila earlier today.
During the last Presidential debate at the Phinma-University of Pangasinan, a commuter asked the candidates of their “immediate” solution to the traffic in Metro Manila.
Walking towards the person asking, Vice President Jejomar Binay said he would separate the Department of Transportation and Communications into two different offices and vowed to have competent people to handle the worsening traffic situation.
“Gabundok ang plano at programa para sa traffic, bakit yung pagpapatupad, hindi nangyayari?” Binay stated, hitting the current administration.
The current administration’s standard-bearer Mar Roxas said in contrast to Binay that dividing DOTC into two departments is not necessary. “Hindi na kailangang paghiwalayin, ang kailangan ay ibalik ang DOTC sa DPWH para coherent ang mga plano,” Roxas argued in defense of the administration.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on the other hand said that there is no “silver bullet magic” to instantly solve traffic congestion. Duterte admitted that his programs on traffic decongestion would take a year or two to be implemented.
“We have to improve the mass transit of people, the government should build new railways,” he remarked.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago argued that a new capital city should be established outside the National Capital Region so as to relay economic developments in the suburban areas.
Aside from a subway system and the completion of all pending transportation projects, Senator Grace Poe said that she would appoint a “Secretary of traffic termination” who will oversee all projects on public works.
Said terminator should have background on engineering and expertise on traffic to speed up sluggish operations, Grace Poe said. Neil Jayson N. Servallos