MMDA backs extra powers for Duterte


    Outgoing Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Emerson Carlos supports the grant of emergency powers to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to enable him to address the problem on traffic congestion.

    Carlos said it is better to use the emergency powers for infrastructure projects to solve traffic congestion.

    ”It will help dahil madami matatanggal na obstacle sa pagsolve ng traffic pero hindi lang sa pagsolve sa infrastructure, it will take more than two years,” he explained.

    Carlos said the emergency powers can also be used by the President to unify traffic laws, rules and regulations being implemented by the national government and the local government units (LGUs).

    Carlos set the “Mabuhay Lanes” as an example of the agency’s implementation of traffic laws that encompasses the prohibition of parking along the roads.

    However, he said LGUs should support the measure through the enactment of similar policies in their areas of jurisdiction.

    Last year, the agency appealed to local government units to review and amend traffic and street regulations to prevent confrontations over illegally-parked vehicles.

    Duterte had said he would need “extraordinary powers” to solve the festering traffic problems in Metro Manila.

    Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the next administration will ask Congress to give Duterte emergency powers to solve the traffic congestion.

    Tugade said the executive branch will propose that such emergency powers will run for a maximum of two years.

    Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo vowed to file a bill that seeks to grant Duterte additional powers. She said one of the ways to speed up growth is to get infrastructure projects moving.

    Among the additional powers that Arroyo wants for Duterte is to allow him to enter into negotiated contracts for the construction, repair, rehabilitation, improvement or maintenance of critical infrastructure, projects and facilities subject to certain conditions.



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