FILE PHOTO: Traffic on a rainy day at MRT Boni Avenue station northbound
MANILA, Philippines — With P2.4 billion losses in 2014, the Philippines suffers up to P3.5 billion losses in revenues as a result of the daily traffic problems in Metro Manila this year.
Based on a study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2017, worsening traffic problems in nearby provinces such as Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna have been contributory to the losses.
According to JICA, in 2015, the population in Metro Manila and in neighboring provinces reached 23.6 million. This number is expected to balloon to about 38.5 million by 2035.
JICA, meanwhile, warned that if the traffic woes are not resolved, the country will suffer more and more losses, which in turn will result to lesser funds for government projects and lower salary rate for ordinary workers.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), on the other hand, said that they are continuously rooting around for solutions to traffic problems.
This is aside from the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) construction of new roads.
“Yung traffic naman hindi na nabuild yan in one day, overnight. It’s 30 or 40 years ago. Hindi nagkaroon ng planning, nung napuno saka tayo nag plano. Dumadami ang kotse walang kalye,” said jose MMDA general manager Arthuro “Jojo” Garcia.
(The traffic problem did not happen in a day or overnight. It’s 30 or 40 years ago. There was no planning. Only when it got crowded did we start planning. Cars continue to increase but there are not enough roads.)
The MMDA also reiterated what big help it would be in easing traffic woes if motorists were disciplined.
“Ang short term talaga natin dito (The short-term plan) really is discipline and enforcement of the law. We cannot do anything about it. Sa infrastructure puro long-term yan (As for infrastructures, those are for long-term)” said Garcia.
According to the transportation department, they are fast-tracking the construction of infrastructure projects in Metro Manila, which includes the Taguig-Paranaque Integrated Transport Exchange, South East Metro Manila Expressway, and other railway projects. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue