By Michael Lim Ubac and Jaymee T. Gamil
Malacañang is not running out of solutions to the perennial traffic congestion in Metro Manila, which, according to a Japanese study, results in potential income losses of P2.4 billion a day. But the problem is the implementation of those solutions, compounded by the lack of political will among government officials.
The Philippines has been losing billions of pesos due to traffic congestion over the years. In August last year, a study by the University of the Philippines National Center for Transportation Study (UP NCTS) placed the average annual losses incurred due to traffic congestion in Metro Manila at over P137 billion as of 2011. The study noted that the country has lost more than P1.5 trillion since 2001 due to traffic, which has led to loss of productivity.
By Jaymee T. Gamil
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be stepping up its campaign against speedsters, especially on the so-called “killer highway” in Quezon City.
By Jerry E. Esplanada
When major road improvements on the 23-kilometer-long Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) start next May, the patience of motorists and commuters using the country’s busiest thoroughfare will be tested.
By Jamie Marie Elona
Amid the nationwide transport caravan protest Thursday, traffic situation in Metro Manila “wasn’t generally affected” as only less than 30 vehicles joined the protest, Dang Roselada of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said.