Mayors invited at Senate hearing on emergency powers vs traffic

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 07:10 PM September 21, 2016
MARTIAL LAW IN METRO STREETS?  Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade announces plans to place Mega Manila under a “traffic crisis” and ask Congress for emergency powers to solve the problem in the next two years. Photo shows the southbound lane of Edsa in Cubao, Quezon City, during rush hour.  NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

 Photo shows the southbound lane of Edsa in Cubao, Quezon City, during rush hour. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Mayors from various local government units were among the invited resource persons at Thursday’s (tomorrow’s) resumption of the hearing of the Senate committee on public services on the proposed emergency powers to solve the traffic problems.

The third hearing of the committee chaired by Senator Grace Poe will resume at 9 a.m. with the heads of concerned government agencies like Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.


Metro Manila Development Authority General Manager Thomas Orbos is also expected to attend.

“We want to hear from among the various transport agencies of the government, in particular the transportation department, details of their plans and programs relative to the emergency powers asked from Congress,” Poe said in a statement on Wednesday.


“We have to make sure that their plans are detailed, its scope well-defined, time-bound, transparent and more importantly, will have direct impact to address the traffic emergency,” she added,

Other resource persons invited to the hearing are Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Pasay City Mayor Antonio Calixto  and Mandaluyong  City Mayor Carmelita Abalos.

San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez, Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi,  Pasig City Mayor Roberto Eusebio, Makati City Mayor Mar-Len Abigail Binay and Calamba City Mayor Justin Marc Chipeco.

The committee conducted its last hearing on August 9.

Poe temporarily put on hold the hearing, pending the submission of a detailed list of projects that the government intended to implement using the emergency powers being  sought for President  Rodrigo Duterte.

READ: Poe puts emergency powers hearings on hold

But on September 2, Poe said her office finally received a 64-page list of projects and a draft bill of the proposed emergency powers from the Department of Transportation. TVJ


READ: List of projects under emergency powers submitted to senate, says Poe

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