By: Elena Grace Flores
The Philippines’ alarming transportation crisis will now be dealth with by athe Duterte administration head on right away during the initial month of his reign. The emergency powers needed to fastrack solutions of this grievous problem that has put the masses into too much sufferings in a daily basis can be realized after the bill granting it to the new administration has been apporved after it’s filing today in the Senate that will be tackled immediately upon opening of the 17th Congress on July 25. Senate President Franklin Drilon filed Senate Bill No. 11, or the “Transportation Crisis Act of 2016”.
Drilon, from the Liberal Party earlier expressed his support to the Duterte administration’s legislative agenda, acknowledged that the emergency power being sought by the new government is already a “necessity” given the magnitude of traffic experienced in urban areas. The senator said apart from Metro Manila, also experiencing unbearable traffic are Metro Cebu and Cagayan De Oro, hampering growth and urban development in these areas. It will authorize the President to adopt alternative methods of procurement for the construction repair, rehabilitation, improvement or maintenance of transportation projects aimed at reducing traffic congestion in Metro Manila and other major cities in the country as well.
Drilon said the traffic congestion has already contributed to an estimated productivity loss of around P2.4-billion or $54-million a day, or more than P800-billion or P$18-billion a year and if it continues unabated, the traffic cost is expected to increase to P6-billion a day, from today’s P2.4-billion; Manila Bulletin reported.