VP bets' traffic fixes: Boost rural dev't, improve mass transit
MANILA, Philippines – All 6 candidates for the vice presidency have similar proposals to fix the worsening traffic problem in the Philippine capital region, which is costing the country billions in productivity losses.
During the vice presidential debate at the University of Santo Tomas on Sunday, April 10, the vice presidential candidates said improving the public transportation system and encouraging economic development in rural areas will help ease the paralyzing hours-long traffic jams that affect Metro Manila residents everyday. (READ: Where do VP bets stand on traffic, transportation?)
Marcos on traffic problem: Improve public transpo system
Senator Bongbong Marcos on traffic problem: Improve public transportation system #PHVote #PiliPinasDebate2016 Follow the debates here: www.rappler.com/phvotedebatesPosted by Rappler on Sunday, April 10, 2016
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr said the number of cars on the road should be cut, but to do this, a necessary prerequisite is setting up an efficient and reliable mass transport system.
"Dapat pagandahin ang public transportation system, ang takbo ng bus at tren. Huwag ibigay ang kontrata sa MRT (Metro Rail Transit 3) sa mga amateur, ibigay sa nakakaintindi kung paano magpatakbo ng tren," Marcos said.
(We should improve the public transportation system, how we run buses and trains. Do not give the contract for the MRT to amateurs. Give it to someone who knows how to properly run the trains.)
A long-term plan, he said, is to decongest Metro Manila by boosting rural development.
Robredo: Bad mass transpo system triggers increase of car sales
Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo: Bad mass transportation system triggers car sales increase #PHVote #PiliPinasDebate2016Follow the debates here: www.rappler.com/phvotedebatesPosted by Rappler on Sunday, April 10, 2016
Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo agreed that providing opportunities in rural areas is key to easing traffic in the capital region.
"Kung ang oportunidad ay nandoon sa amin, hindi na namin kailangang pumunta dito," she said. (If there are opportunitis back home, we wouldn't need to come here.)
She also agreed with the proposal to fix the mass transport system, saying that it will be difficult to persuade private car owners to give up their cars if the buses and trains remain inefficient.
She also said that bus drivers should not be paid on a commission basis.
Honasan on how to solve the traffic problem #PHVote #PiliPinas...
Senator Gregorio Honasan on how to solve the traffic problem: It's a long-term work in progress... We must determine what materials we want #PHVote #PiliPinasDebate2016 Follow the debates here: www.rappler.com/phvotedebatesPosted by Rappler on Sunday, April 10, 2016
For his part, Senator Gringo Honasan II said that land use planning should be central to any traffic plans. He said that government should determine areas that will be used for agriculture and for commercial use.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, meanwhile, suggested transferring the capital to either Pampanga or Nueva Ecija. He said that moving government centers outside of Manila will help decongest the city.
Cayetano: Take advantage of Clark Airport, develop Mindanao #P...
Cayetano: Take advantage of Clark Airport, develop Mindanao #PHVote #PiliPinasDebate2016 rappler.com/phvotedebatesPosted by Rappler on Sunday, April 10, 2016
Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Francis Escudero did not differ in their proposals, but had their own addition: choosing the right leaders.
Cayetano pointed out that the proposals suggested by his rivals are already part of various feasibility studies conducted by the government and by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The problem, he said, is the lack of political will and leadership. He promised that under the leadership of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, his standard-bearer, the traffic problem can be solved within 2 to 3 years.
Escudero on solving transpo woes: Fire Abaya
Senator Francis Chiz Escudero on solving transpo woes: Fire Jun Abaya (The People's Page) from DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) #PHVote #PiliPinasDebate2016 Follow the debates here: www.rappler.com/phvotedebatesPosted by Rappler on Sunday, April 10, 2016
Both Cayetano and Escudero also slammed transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya, party mate of President Benigno Aquino III and Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel Roxas II. Escudero said Abaya should be immediately sacked for his consistent failure to ease traffic in the metro. – Rappler.com
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