JICA - PH traffic may worsen, to cost ₱5.4 billion daily

JICA - PH traffic may worsen, to cost ₱5.4 billion daily

Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) could be the largest and biggest parking lot in the world during rush hours.

Infrastructures have risen in both sides of EDSA, number of vehicles more than doubled the number in the last 5 years and yet its size and capacity to hold traffic has remained the same.

If nothing drastic is done to give a solution to the terrible traffic in EDSA by 2035 the country is projected to lose 5.4 billion to traffic daily,that’s according to a study made by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Typical scene at EDSA during peak hours (photo credit to owner)

Previously JICA estimated that the Philippines loses P3.5 billion due to traffic congestion.

This latest figures come from JICA’s Follow Up Survey on the Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Greater Capital Region (2017). The updated roadmap has been submitted to the Philippine government.

"Aside from investments in infrastructure building, JICA is also supporting the Philippines ease traffic congestion to help make urban areas like Metro Manila and surrounding areas more livable, and encourage investments into the Philippines," said Yoshio Wada, JICA's Chief Representative to the Philippines.
"Transportation, among other things, is an element that can help the Philippines sustain its growth and economic gains," he added
the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is working with JICA  to develop a five-year action plan to ease traffic woes.

Duterte’s request for Emergency Powers to fix traffic woes

Last year the exasperated Chief Executive said he will no longer ask for emergency powers to ease traffic in EDSA, Metro Manila's main highway.
"There's always the hanging suspicion that I'm there for the money. Wag na lang. Wala na tayong magawa," Duterte said in a speech.
The Chief Executive has said that to fix EDSA traffic, he would need funds and emergency powers that would let him bypass the required procurement procedures. But he has apparently given up on asking for emergency powers.

"Let EDSA remain as it is for the next 20 years," the President said.

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