Malacañang appealed for more public patience with regards to the heavy traffic situation in Metro Manila, especially during rush hours, encouraging the people to provide ample time allowance when they are traveling.
In a radio interview on Saturday, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said they received a report that there was a big number of people who were not able to make their flights because of the ongoing construction works in the Villamor Air Base area in Pasay City (Metro Manila).
“Unfortunately, there are still infrastructure work being done there, and again, we continue to appeal for everyone’s patience,” she told Radyo ng Bayan.
“Yung apela naman ng mga airport authorities natin… [Our airport authorities are appealing] na let us adjust our times accordingly for our travel to afford us ample time to get to the airport, considering the expected heavy volume of traffic because of the construction that is being done in that area,” she said.
Valte said that in order to improve the traffic situation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the local government units would continue to deploy traffic enforcers.
She also said she hopes the operators of South Luzon Expressway will deploy more toll collectors to ease slow moving traffic at the toll gates.
The administration said there are newly completed projects that are expected to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila such as the Daang Hari Road that connects to South Luzon Expressway from Bacoor.
When President Aquino visited Japan in June, the Japanese government committed to help the country addressed the problem of traffic congestion.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency has come up with a detailed proposal to decongest the Metropolis in the future by putting up major infrastructure projects.