• Palace sees no immediate solution to traffic mess

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    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.

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    1. Sec. Edwin Lacierda, matagal ko nang minimunkahi itong dalawang solutions para maibisan ang araw-araw SAKRIPISYO NG MAMAMAYAN sa gahiganteng traffic sa Metro Manila ngayon last two minutes na kaliwat kanan ang projects ng Pnoy administration at lalo na sa pagdating ng KAPASKUHAN na hindi lang ” TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK BUT METRO MANILA WILL BE IN A STANDSTILL”. Ang munkahi ko Sec. Lacierda ay ipairal ang;
      1) ODD-EVEN SCHEME: All vehicles, private and public, with plate numbers ending in ODD NUMBERS ( 1-3-5-7-9) are ban during Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Metro Manila and vehicles, private and public, with plate numbers ending in EVEN NUMBERS ( 2-4-6-8-0) are ban in Metro Manila during Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sundays and Holidays are exempted
      2) That the ODD-EVEN SCHEMES will be implemented until the projects of DPWH and MMDA are fully finished or unless the next administration revoke it.
      3) Ban the entry of all vehicles registered outside Metro Manila.

      Implementing the abovementioned will cut the vehicles by half, encourage car polling specially among officemates and neighbors, saves billions of pesos lost in fuels cost but most of all will lessen air pollutions thus saving lives.

      GREAT PROBLEMS NEEDS WILL POWER AND HARSH SOLUTIONS.

    2. On the flooding and worsening traffic gridlock in Metro Manila, Lacierda said: “We are looking at it…We are solving all the problems…facing our countrymen..”. No, you’re not, Mr. Lacierda. The Aquino Administration is incapable of solving anything. Mr. Aquino is now in his fifth year as President and what have we got: perennial flooding in Metro Manila and polluted traffic nightmare that severely affect the health of residents and cost our economy P2 billion daily. Instead of hiring competent mass transit and traffic managers, we have clueless lawyers as heads of DOTC and MMDA. The result is never-ending floods and traffic mess.

      Don’t Joseph Abaya and Francis Tolentino read about how good the mass transit systems of Singapore and Seoul and learn something from them? Don’t they read about the flood control system of Netherlands, with half of its land area lying below sea level, yet does not have the floods that Metro Manila experiences? All these two guys have to do is copy those successful systems and our traffic mess and floods will be manageable. It doesn’t help when the our traffic manager Francis Tolentino says Metro Manila’s traffic is unmanageable (Manila Times, Oct. 7); it only means Metro Manilans will have to suffer more of these paralysing traffic and floods because Abaya and Tolentino clearly show that they have no solutions to these pressing problems.