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How to fix Metro Manila traffic, according to JV Ejercito

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By Prince Golez

For many years, traffic has been a constant problem among Metro Manila commuters. Several alternative solutions (provincial bus ban, yellow bus lane policy, etc) have been implemented to mitigate traffic congestion, but to no avail to date.

A study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency said the Philippines is losing billions of pesos every day because of traffic.

Despite several transport infrastructure projects, officials are joining in the calls to grant President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to finally solve the country’s crippling transport problems.

Former senator Joseph Victor Ejercito adds his voice to the chorus giving Duterte traffic power.

“I would still suggest passage of Emergency Powers to Address Transport Crisis to fast track all the big infrastructure projects. Filed this bill 3 years ago, and I would have done the same if I made it to the Senate,” Ejercito, who lost his reelection bid last May despite the President’s endorsement, wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

To ease traffic woes, the ex-politiko proposed the following:

– Fast track NLEX-SLEX connector, if possible work 24 hrs on it.

– Prioritize railway projects, PNR North & South, Manila Subway

– Make use of present PNR tracks, (new train sets are coming)

– Car pooling during rush hour

– Fast track MRT-3 rehab (Sumitomo)

– Fast track MRT-7

– Prioritize LRT-1 extension to Cavite

– Fast track MRT-2 extension to Rizal

– Malolos-Calamba Commuter train line should be also fast tracked

– Fast track development of Clark International Airport new terminal building

– Continue Jeepney Modernization

– Re-Rationalize all Public Utility Vehicles franchises, and

– Relocate government agencies to Clark just like DOTr.

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