Gov’t could decongest Metro Manila next year without Senate’s help - Duterte

Gov’t could decongest Metro Manila next year without Senate’s help - Duterte

It can be done.
Last week, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lamented that of all his promises, the EDSA traffic mess is the only one that is still a problem of the majority of commuters plying the route.
Absence of any emergency powers granted by Congress, he admits that there is little he can do about the problem – to the detriment of all the riding public. The lawmakers gave the reason that the emergency powers might lead to massive corruption.

Pres. Duterte (photo credit to owner)

“Sabi ko ‘yang EDSA, do not blame me, I tried,” Duterte said, saying that some people suspected the public funds would be stolen or wasted.
“Sabi ko ‘pag ganun, ‘wag na. Kaya makita mo ngayon sa Maynila puro daan. Na-elevated skyways na [So I said if that’s the case, never mind. Look at Manila now, there are elevated skyways],” he said.

Hope against the Metro traffic

During a campaign rally, Duterte said Manila can be decongested next year “without the help of the Senate.”
The government has pursued its infrastructure program – BUILD BUILD BUILD with intent to improve the country’s transport network.
The administration has included road, bridge, railway and other projects in the BBB, partly funded by the revenues generated from the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, the President said. 
“Itong Build, Build, Build. Biro mo galing ka Avenida punta ka ng Caloocan. Just about mga five minutes, nandiyan na. Pero kailangan may sasakyan ka or bus. Iyan na lang ginawa ko [UNder the Build, Build, Build, if you’re going to Caloocan from Avenida, you’ll be there in five minutes but you need a vehicle or a bus. That’s what I accomplished],” the Chief executive said.
The President along with other government officials inaugurated the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX )Harbor Link Segment 10, a 5.65-kilometer elevated expressway traversing the cities of Valenzuela, Malabon, and Caloocan. The six-lane toll road aims to improve accessibility and connectivity between Metro Manila and nearby Luzon provinces.

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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