Building new cities could ease Metro traffic woes – Go | The Manila Times

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The Manila Times, Ismael, J.J & Jalea, G. (2019, October 14). Building new cities could ease Metro traffic woes – Go. The Manila Times. Retrieved October 16, 2019 from https://www.manilatimes.net/2019/10/14/news/national/building-new-cities-could-ease-metro-traffic-woes-go/631441/

Building new cities could ease Metro traffic woes – Go
By The Manila Times
October 14, 2019

Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go believes that building new cities outside Metro Manila would help solve traffic woes in the metropolis.

“Alam niyo matagal na po ang traffic sa Manila, kahit anong gawing challenge ni Panelo hindi po maso-solve ‘yan (As you know, the traffic problem has been there for ages, no matter what challenge Panelo will accept, it will not be resolved),” Go told reporters.

He was referring to Palace Spokesman Salvador Panelo, who accepted the challenge of some groups to take public transport to see for himself how millions of commuters suffer.

Go said building another city that could be at par with Metro Manila’s economic and social progress could decongest the capital.

“Napakahirap i-solve ang traffic ng Manila, kaya po, panahon na siguro na magkaroon na tayo ng bagong siyudad, labas tayo ng Metro Manila, sa Clark (It’s hard to solve the traffic problem in Manila. It’s time to build new cities outside Metro Manila, in Clark),” he said, citing New Clark City, Batangas and Davao where industries can thrive because there are areas for expansion.

The senator, however, clarified that the government continues to implement programs to ease traffic jams, by building roads and expanding rail projects under the Build, Build, Build program.

Meanwhile, Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo criticized Panelo for denying that there is a transport crisis.

“Kapag sinabi mong walang krisis, wala ka talagang gagawin. Kasi para sa’yo, walang problema (if you say there’s no crisis, you will not do anything because you don’t acknowledge the problem),” she said in her weekly radio show.

“Almost four hours daw iyong commute from Marikina to Malacañang. Mabuti si Secretary Panelo, once niya lang naramdaman. Pero iyong mga kababayan natin, araw-araw ito iyong pakikibaka (It took him four hours to commute from Marikina to Malacañang. He got to experience this only once. But our fellow Filipinos experience this struggle everyday),” said Robredo, referring to Panelo’s “commute challenge” last Friday.

The Vice President cited the urgent need to resolve the transport crisis.

She said government officials should not be allowed to use sirens.

“Sobrang insult ‘yun, ‘yung wang-wang kasi parang sinasabi mo ‘yung mga lakad niyo hindi importante lakad ko lang ‘yung importante (The use of sirens is an insult because it’s as if you want to tell the public that your appointment is more urgent than theirs),” she added.

JAVIER JOE ISMAEL AND GLEE JALEA

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