‘Traffic slows us down’ – business sector

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Francisco del Rosario Jr., president of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), said traffic upends work-life balance, which in turn affects one’s productivity.

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“Too much cost and loss are involved because of this traffic situation,” he said at a recent MAP event. “This is really a problem and we have to do something about it.”

These are the reasons behind MAP’s earlier proposal to President Benigno Aquino 3rd to appoint a traffic czar, specifically Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, to take charge of solving the road congestion problem in Metro Manila.

Malacañang, however, turned down the recommendation, and instead deployed the Philippine National-Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) to serve as the lead traffic enforcers on EDSA and replace the constables of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MAP said it accepts Aquino’s decision, expressing confidence that the PNP-HPG “will be more effective in handling the problem than the MMDA.”

“If it’s the President’s prerogative, if he feels that by not making Secretary Almendras a traffic czar and by just making him the lead person, we will abide,” del Rosario said.
However, he appealed to MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino “to be focused on his job.”

The MMDA chief has been getting flak of late for supposedly starting his campaign for senator than persevering in finding a solution to the traffic gridlocks across the Metro Manila area.

“We want the person heading the MMDA to really take charge in resolving the traffic situation because this is really a problem … The person leading traffic [management]should give it time, effort, and should be competent to handle the situation,” del Rosario said.

“It seems that the perception of people is that the MMDA is not doing [its]job as far as traffic management is concerned,” he added.

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