Even if the President is not given without emergency powers, Malacañang is confident that the horrendous traffic jams in Metro Manila can be solved within 100 days under President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said several proposals to ease the traffic problem were presented by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade during the second Cabinet meeting on Monday.
“Secretary Tugade made a presentation yesterday, and already they have a menu of changes which could very positively impact the rate of flow – traffic flow, soon, very soon,” Abella said.
“I’m sure within the next 100 days, we’re going to see results. Already there seems to be some, right?” he added.
He said there are also “technical adjustments being done” to “increase incrementally the number of passengers and the number of trips.”
Tugade earlier said the administration will ask Congress to give emergency powers to Duterte to allow him to solve the Metro Manila traffic crisis.
But the proposal was not discussed during the Cabinet meeting.
The proposed “special powers” will allow the government to open private subdivisions to traffic and do away with public bidding for certain projects.