The government is yet to come up with an immediate solution to the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila.
Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda on Wednesday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd is “fully aware” of flooding and traffic problems and has directed all concerned agencies to come up with a solution.
“We are looking at it. The DPWH [Department of Public Works and Highways] and the MMDA [Metropolitan Manila Development Authority] are looking at the situation right now,” Lacierda told a news conference.
“We are solving all the problems. Every concern facing our countrymen, we have always found solutions to that,” he said.
Lacierda admitted that road improvement projects have contributed to traffic gridlocks.
“But again, we always continue to ask for understanding from the public. I know it’s difficult. None of us are spared, even government employees, government officials also go through the same difficulties. We would like to have solutions to all these concerns,” he said.
“It does not come immediately because it will take some time to really improve all these systems, but we are there now. Again, as in any infrastructure project, it will take some time to finish it but once we finish all these, it will better our system, our waterways. It will minimize the flooding in the areas concerned,” Lacierda added.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino on Tuesday admitted that the traffic problem in Metro Manila or National capital Region (NCR) is unmanageable and may worsen next year if the agency’s budget will not be increased.