Poe to transport execs: Explain heavy traffic despite provincial bus ban
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Grace Poe will demand an explanation from transport officials as she sets a Senate inquiry to discuss the heavy traffic that continues to plague Edsa despite the dry run of the provincial bus ban.
Poe’s committee on public services will conduct the hearing on Tuesday next week.
“Matinding kalbaryo na naman ang nararanasan ng ating mga kababayang dumadaan sa Edsa. Maniningil tayo ng paliwanag at hindi natin palalagpasin ang kailangang managot sa kaguluhang ito,” Poe said in a statement on Thursday.
“Bakit ginagawa tayong parang science project, puro eksperimento, habang taumbayan naman ang nagdurusa?” she added.
Poe noted the heavy traffic on Edsa despite the implementation of the yellow lane for buses and the dry run of the provincial bus ban along Edsa.
“Kung nagpatupad ng polisiya, bakit kalunos-lunos ang paglala ng trapik?” the senator said.
She said traffic schemes and policies should consider both vehicles and people.
The bus ban scheme, Poe said, should be scrutinized thoroughly, especially amid public clamor to suspend it.
This will be the subject of the Senate investigation scheduled next week as provided for by the Senate Resolution No. 954.
“We will thresh out all these issues in a productive dialogue where all stakeholders will have a voice and will be part of the solution,” Poe said.
On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started implementing a “voluntary” dry run of the provincial bus ban on Edsa. /jpv
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