IN a bid to improve Metro Manila transport system, the city government of Seoul on Tuesday advised the Philippines to consider investing more on the subway system.
Seoul, South Korea Mayor Won Soon Park said that Philippines should consult international traffic agencies on how to improve the transport system in the country particularly in Metro Manila.
Park had a dialogue with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino together with some Metro Mayors in his office in Makati City to share Seoul’s best practices in transportation and environment.
“I recommend you should make consultations with international traffic agencies and specialists to improve the transport system in Metro Manila,” said Park during a press briefing.
He explained that based on their experience, the railway system was considered as the most effective transport system in Metro Seoul.
“Our predecessor has decided to build the metros so now the metro system transport passengers is not only from Seoul but outside of Seoul,” he added.
Park said that the only problem is that putting up a subway system
“is so expensive and it would take some time to build the underground system.”
However, Park said that this would be beneficial to the public in the long run.
The Seoul mayor issued the recommendation after it was sought some pieces of advice on how to address the problems encountered by the MMDA’s Southwest Interim Transport Terminal (SITT).
The opening of the SITT in Parañaque City which prohibits provincial passenger buses from entering the metropolis was greeted by oppositions and complaints by the commuters because of the inconvenience it brought to them.
Park said the subway could be linked to the SITT to provide speedy transfer and travel of passengers.
Tolentino earlier said that a proposal to construct a subway system from The Fort in Taguig City to an area near a shopping mall in North Edsa in Quezon City is feasible.
Among those attended the dialogue include Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman, Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan, Pateros Mayor Jaime Medina, Pasig Mayor Maribel Eusebio and Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco. RITCHIE A. HORARIO