MMDA blamed for traffic woes

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METRO Manila’s worsening traffic congestion can be blamed on the failure of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to perform its transport and traffic management mandate, a transportation expert said Monday.

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Engineer Rene Santiago said there is a breakdown of traffic management because no one is in charge of the traffic situation.

Traffic management is one of the mandates of the MMDA currently chaired by Francis Tolentino, who is reportedly planning to run for senator in 2016.

“The official in charge is busy trying to project himself in preparation for his senatorial bid,” Santiago said in a radio interview.

He noted that the MMDA leadership seems to have lost the drive to perform its mandate, the reason why the traffic situation in the metropolis is a mess.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently said traffic congestion in Metro Manila is costing P2.4 billion a day and it could go up to P6 billion by 2013 if the problem is not addressed.

Santiago said former MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando did a better job in managing traffic problems.

“Although I disagree with many policies of Bayani (Fernando) you can see that he was in charge, he was on top, he is enforcing the law,” he added.

But the transport consultant made it clear that the traffic congestion should not be attributed to the MMDA alone because local government units also have a role to play particularly in clearing the roads and sidewalks of illegal vendors.

Malacanang recently appealed to the public to be patient with regards to the heavy traffic situation in Metro Manila.

Santiago said the appeal is a clear indication that the administration is not concerned about the traffic situation since President Benigno Aquino 3rd did nothing for the past five years to address the problem.

“Since when has the president really sat down and called his people and attended to traffic? There is no instance in the last five years that the President expressed his concern about traffic,” he said.

The Manila Times contacted Tolentino several times but he did not respond.

One of his staff said he was in a Cabinet meeting.

Tolentino has attributed the traffic woes to heavy vehicle volume and traffic accident.

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  1. DISCIPLINA lamang ang kailangan para maresolba ang problema sa traffic. Una sa mga nagmamaneho, traffic enforcers (iwasan ang pangogotong) sa mga taong tumatawid at sumasakay or bumababa na wala sa lugar. Marami na akong napuntahan lugar sa mundo at dito lang sa ating bayan talamak and bagay na ito. ika-nga IT’S ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES.

  2. Ang solusyon: Tanggaling lahat ng vendor at illegal vendors sa kahabaan ng EDSA. Bigyan ng authoridad ang lahat ng MMDA Constables na manghuli at kompiska ng lisensya. Bigyan ng wastong training ang lahat ng MMDA para ndi sila mag mukhang tanga kung sakali mga matataas na tao at mayayaman na tao ang makompronta. Gawin nyong matapang ang mga MMDA para ndi sila malitmaliitin lang. Tanggaling and korupsyon na imposibleng matanggal. :D

  3. apolonio reyes on

    Sa aking paniniwala, walang MMDA Chair ang pwedeng mag solved ng traffic sa Metro Manila sa dami ng sasakyan at dami din ng last 2 minutes ginagawang trabaho, hukay-ukay, ng Pnoy administration na malaking binabawas sa lapad ng atin daan sa Metro Manila. Ang isang problema ay kailangan ng mapait na solutionat ito ang aking mungkahi na mabilis at mapait na solution;
    1) Gumawa ng Executive order ang Malacanang na Ipairal ang ODD-EVEN Scheme sa lahat ng sasakyan, public at privado, sa lahat ng cuidad na mabigat ang traffic gaya ng M.M., Cebu City, Iloilo, Bacolod etc., Ito ay agaran babawas ng 50% ng sasakyan sa kalya at mabilis din ang ikot ng mga pangpasaherong sasakyan na malaking bawas sa gatong ( Fuel).
    2) Ipagbawal ang mga sasakyan na hindi rehistrado sa mga region gaya ng NCR kung ayaw nila magbayad ng kadagdagan toll fee. ( Ito ay matagal ng ipina-iiral sa Singapore na bawal pumasok sa downtown area ang walang sticker na may kamahalan ang presyo)
    3) Maglagay ng marami at sanay na Traffic Aide at mga traffic aides naka motorsiklo na huhuli sa mga tumatakas at hindi sumusunod sa batas trapiko ( Traffic Management etc.).
    Ito ang mapait ngunit agaran solution at makababawas sa higanteng at di kapanipaniwalang traffic ngayon lalo na sa EDSA dahil sa kaliwat kanan ang trabaho ng hukay dito hukay duon ng DPWH.

  4. Big difference between Bayani and Tolentino is their qualifications for the job. Bayani is an engineer, he knows what the job entails while Tolentino is just another politician who is in favor with abnoy, in the “tuwad na daan” mantra as long as you remain faithful to their cause you can be an outright dill like pabaya,alcala,gazmin and others
    and still remain in your job.