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Gov't believes it is on track to keep Metro Manila 'habitable'

Gov't believes it is on track to keep Metro Manila 'habitable' image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Brent Co | posted January 13, 2016 13:47

Traffic to get better as three road projects near completion

With the completion of at least three road projects in sight, the administration believes it is on track to keep Metro Manila 'habitable' despite a previous comment by John Forbes, Seinor Adviser of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.

According to Forbes, Metro Manila may become 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if he government fails to address infrastructure requirements of the National Capital Region with vehicle sales projected to reach 500,000 units that year.

According to traffic czar and Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, the government has plans in place in order to curb the worsening traffic condition in Metro Manila.

Almendras goes on to enumerate some of the major road projects the government has been working on that is scheduled to finish by 2016.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway is expected to open by April 2016 easing the vehicular traffic on EDSA from Magallanes to Roxas Boulevard.

Also expected to open by the end of the year are the viaducts on Katipunan and C5 that will permanently add two elevated lanes for vehicles along those highways.

Plus, the first phase of the connector roads are also scheduled to be finished by this year.

“If the attitude is quite me and mine alone then it will be difficult. But if we all help and pitch in to solve problem then this will be a nice, liveable city,” said Almendras.