Cebu needs Duterte's power vs. traffic crisis

Cebu needs Duterte's power vs. traffic crisis




Unlike the Imperialistic Manila, the Queen city of the south is taking the different route.
The streets Cebu city like that of Manila is daily experiencing horrendous traffic so much so the Cebu Provincial Board declared that Cebu is in a traffic crisis.

Included in the declaration is the desire of the province, that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to exercise “extra ordinary power” in giving solution to the road congestion in Metro Cebu.
Traffic in metro Cebu
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“We want to bring the President closer to Cebu. We need him to fast-track proposed solutions to traffic. We have so many solutions that are in the pipeline that could only move through Duterte’s iron-fist,” Glenn Anthony Soco, chair of the committee on commerce and industry in the board who sponsored the resolution declaring traffic crisis in Cebu

In his privilege speech, Soco said that the use of President Duterte’s to solve the traffic congestion which, he claimed, has cost millions worth of man-hours.
Soco quoted a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) study which states that traffic has caused the Cebuanos an estimated PHP1.1 billion of losses in productivity in 2018, which is more than double than the PHP500 million in 2017.

“We could already project that if we do not do anything it will only get worst. Perhaps, for us, the traffic problem is still acceptable right now. But what about in 2030 and even in 2050 if we will do nothing?” he stressed.
He reasons out that Cebu has a lot of projects that provides solutions to the traffic being experienced of the metropolitan roads but cannot get the needed maximum implementation because of lack of presidential intervention.
“Take for example the PHP50-billion 74-kilometer Metro Cebu Expressway from Naga to Danao that could not get fully implemented because of budgetary constraints. Imagine that, for the PHP50-billion budget, we only get PHP600 million that will only answer the segment from Naga to Talisay,” Soco said.






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