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House panel calls for emergency meeting on impending traffic crisis

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The House Committee on Transportation has called for an emergency meeting Wednesday with all the stakeholders in the transport sector in hopes to find the quickest and most doable solution to fill the vacuum caused by the suspension of the LRT-2 operations.

Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento, panel chair, warned that the suspension of the LRT-2 operations which could last up to nine months for its Santolan-Anonas segment, could affect the mobility of at least 200,000 passengers daily.

Sarmiento said the government must be able to provide them with alternative transportation as this could mean economic dislocation for most of them.

“We are talking about hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who would lose their means of mobility because of this suspension,” said Sarmiento.

Sarmiento believed that the country now is “in the middle of a transportation crisis” with government and all the stakeholders should “find the quickest solution” to ease it.

“We are now in the middle of a serious crisis and we must all work together to get out of this situation,” said Sarmiento.

On the other hand, the “carmageddon” along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) must also addressed as the ongoing Skyway construction that led to the closure of some portions of the highway could last until the later part of 2020.

“The transportation committee doesn’t want to be stuck in the endless blame game that led to this traffic mess. Rather, we want to get the solutions right away so that we can quickly make our recommendations on how we can ease the burden of our people,” said Sarmiento.

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