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May ginagawa naman kami! Gov’t addressing traffic problem – Andanar

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By: Xave Gregorio

After a survey by navigation app Waze found Philippines to be the worst country to drive in, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar assured that the government is addressing the country’s traffic problem.

“This problem cannot be solved with one solution alone. This cannot be addressed in a single year either. We assure you, however, that this problem is being addressed now,” Andanar said in a radio show on Saturday (Nov. 11).

Andanar said while the executive branch is waiting legislative approval of emergency powers for President Duterte, the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT) was created.

“This is the closest thing to a single traffic authority to address the traffic problems in the NCR, which must be done with unity and inter-agency cooperation.,” Andanar said.

i-ACT is composed of different agencies, like the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Metro Manila Development Authority, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group and local traffic enforcement units of Metro Manila local government units.

Andanar said i-ACT’s Task Force Alamid conducts daily road clearing operations to clear sidewalks and Mabuhay lanes of obstructions.

The communications secretary also flaunted the 150 buses plying the 14 point-to-point (P2P) bus routes which includes Cavite and Clark, and would soon include Pangasinan, Zambales, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija.

“We see the P2P concept to the provinces as one solution to the major gridlock in Metro Manila,” Andanar said.

The Duterte administration’s ambitious Build Build Build project would also “cut congestion and improve the traffic flow in the country,” he said.

He added that the transfer of government offices, like the DOTr, to other regions will also decongest Manila and encourage developments in other areas.

The Philippines landed in the bottom of the list of 39 countries surveyed by Waze, which claims to have 90 million active users worldwide.

The country received a score of 3.02 out of 10, based on traffic density, road safety, driver services (access to gas stations and parking), road quality, socioeconomic conditions (access to cars and gas prices), and “Wazeyness,” or the “happiness and helpfulness of the Waze community.”