Commonwealth Avenue construction of the MRT line 7
MANILA, Philippines — Heavy traffic has already been the norm across many areas in the country especially during holiday season.
To address this, the government launched a new Inter-Agency Council for Traffic or I-ACT which now has more functions.
Under the new I-ACT, more than 6,000 traffic law enforcers will be deployed on major roads. These enforcers will come from the PNP-Highway Patrol Group, Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), local government units and barangay officials.
The I-ACT will first address the problem on traffic along Commonwealth Avenue, simultaneous with the start of the construction of the MRT line 7.
Afterwards, I-ACT will fix the heavy traffic on C5 Road, Alabang-Zapote Road, Roxas Boulevard and airport loop.
However, I-ACT said these priorities does not mean it will neglect the problem on traffic along EDSA.
“That doesn’t mean that we will no longer help in other areas. In terms of deployment, I-ACT will help first in Commonwealth, then we move into other areas. Of course we all say that EDSA is the flagship, the premium road but you know EDSA can be lessen , if other major roads are also managed,” DOTr Road Transport USec. Thomas Orbos said.
Aside from Metro Manila, I-ACT will also focus on addressing heavy traffic in Cavite, Rizal, Laguna and Bulacan.
I-ACT’s mandate also include anti-illegal parking operations, sidewalk clearing operations and anti-colorum operations.
“Kahit anong gawin nila,andyan na yang MRT di mawala yan, Sumikip na yung daan eh, EDSA nga nagkalat traffic enforcers di mawala wala dito pa na may ginagawa,” said taxi driver Arvin Morales.
“Sa traffic na yan wala naman sila, minsan nandito kami iilan lang nasa kalsada, sana kung marami sila dito sana gawin nila trabaho nila yung maayos,” said jeepney driver Wendell Sincero.
Also helping I-ACT would be the Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Interior and Local Government.
With this, the government agencies will address the heavy traffic resulting from the construction of infrastructures, as well as the existing traffic policies in each local government unit.
However, I-ACT could not promise yet that the traffic in major road will be completely addressed at the soonest possible time.
“In terms of easing the traffic, that’s a false promise. But we can manage it. You can expect the government to take steps that would ease the problem or manage the problem,” said Orbos. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue