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Use logic naman! Kiko rips MMDA’s mindless EDSA experiments, pities commuters

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Senator Kiko Pangilinan is urging the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to stop its “anti-family, anti-progress” experiments on EDSA which has resulted in worse traffic gridlocks and even longer commute hours.

“Think of the commuters’ circumstances in the experiments to ease traffic jams. Commuters who make up 70% of road users use only 20% of the roads, but their space is further being limited? We ask not only for consideration, but also for the use of logic,” said Pangilinan.

“Who suffer from ‘carmageddon’? Mothers and fathers who barely see their children. Children who are exhausted by the trip. Everyone who waste their time in traffic. Solutions must be related to those who suffer from this mess,” Pangilinan added.

After heavy traffic congestion last week, the MMDA limited buses to the two rightmost lanes of EDSA, reserving the rest of the lanes to private vehicles. The implementation coincided with the dry-run of the proposed provincial bus ban despite a preliminary injunction from a Quezon City court last week. These caused confusion and even more congestion on the roads.

“These experiments are not only anti-family but also anti-progress. How can one be productive when you waste your time in traffic? Stop experiments that only make people suffer more,” he said.

Pangilinan is pushing for magna carta for diginified commuting or Senate Bill 775 which seeks to ensure that the millions of commuters nationwide are entitled to a public transport system that is safe, convenient, reliable, and affordable commute with dignity.

It also proposes to create a National Office on Commuter Affairs, aiming for a shift to a more sustainable transportation policy that provides safe access and mobility to all, promote economic development, preserve the environment, and ultimately uplift the lives of all commuters.

Pangilinan called on the MMDA and other government agencies to shift its focus and priority to improving and expanding mass transport, instead of further limiting its capacity.

“Focus on the needs of the commuter instead of focusing on the needs of the few. Focus on how to increase efficiency in public transportation instead of offering band-aid solutions that are anti-commuters and anti-poor,” Pangilinan said.

The Magna Carta for Dignified Commuting, which was crafted in collaboration with transport advocacy group AltMobility PH, seeks to recognize, guarantee, and enforce the right of each person, especially of commuters who rely on public transportation services and active transport in their daily lives.

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