Transport experts from various universities in the country believe that construction of an elevated expressway that will connect the South Luzon Expressway with the North Luzon Expressway will not solve traffic congestion because of fast-paced development in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Alexis Fillone of the Civil Engineering Department of the De La Salle University on Wednesday said the SLEX-NLEX connector will ease traffic only for two years.
“Based on the current phase of development, like the increase of private vehicles, unless mass transit is improved, traffic will not be solved, instead it will worsen,” Fillone told The Manila Times at the start of the two-day Research Congress 2016 held at De La Salle University in Manila.
The SLEX-NLEX connector road was one of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects approved by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
It involves the construction and maintenance of an eight-kilometer elevated expressway.
Fillone said vehicular traffic along Edsa (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue) will continue to be problematic if drastic measures are not adopted.
He noted the need to develop mass transit and the construction of more expressways.
“The key to solving the traffic problem should be comprehensive. Aside from the connector and full potential use of mass transit, you need to develop new roads, preferably expressways in the metropolis,” Fillone said.
He added that the C6 road from Alabang in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) to Pasig City (also in Metro Manila) should be completed as soon as possible.
Mass transit, according to Fillone, must be developed along C5.
Both measures, he said, will ease traffic along Edsa.
“The key is to develop mass transit so people will not use cars in the metropolis and instead commute using the trains and buses,” he said.
Fillone was one of the presenters on Engineering and Technology at the research congress that also tackled topics like Food and Nutrition, Youth Studies, Educational Management for Development, Leadership Progress and Sustainability, Language Education and Inclusion, Pedagogy and Technology, Spirituality and the Modern World, Gender Studies, Nutrition and Wellness, Communication and Development, Legislation and Policy, Health and Wellness, Sustainable Cities/Environment and Education Mobility and Globalization.
“This is the first time that a research congress was held under South Manila Educational Consortium where at present we have 12 university members,” said Feorillo Petronillo Demeterio 3rd, director of University Research Coordination Office of DLSU and this year’s co-chairman of SMEC, an organization that started in 1974.
Another startling research presented was the solution to the so-called “cocopeste” that almost wiped out the country’s coconut trees in 2012.
Divina Amalin, professor from DLSU Biology Department, led the discovery of .8 millimeter tiny wasp, locally known as “putakte” that naturally kills “aspidiotus rigidus,” an invasive coconut pest.
“We discovered the ‘putakte’ in a farm in Laguna wherein it could eat the pest from Indonesia,” she said.
Amalin added that the wasp is being developed at the La Salle Science and Technology Campus in Canlubang, Laguna.
“The discovery of the species against ‘cocopeste’ helped the coconut farmers a lot. Now they could grow coconut without any worry. And the most important thing is they don’t have to use chemicals to control the pest,” she noted.
Other colleges joined the research congres—University of the Philippines-Manila, Adamson University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Lyceum of the Philippines University (Manila), Philippine Christian University, Philippine Normal University, Philippine Women’s University, Santa Isabel College (Manila), Saint Paul University (Manila), Saint Scholastica’s College (Manila), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Universidad de Manila and Jose Rizal University.