Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: AutoIndustriya.com | posted July 14, 2016 10:22
DOTC present bevy of changes in Cabinet meeting
Filipino motorists who continue to suffer through intense vehicular traffic on a daily basis, even on weekends, may soon see some relief – maybe even as soon as in the next 100 days.
That’s according to Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella after witnessing the Cabinet presentation of Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Arthur Tugade of changes the agency wants to implement in order to fix the traffic problem.
”Already, they have a menu of changes which could very positively impact the rate of flow -- traffic flow, soon, very soon. Since most of these are proposals yet, I better not refer to that. But, I’m sure within the next 100 days, we’re going to see the results. Already there seems to be some, right? Some daw,” said Abella.
Specific details were not made available just yet but Abella stressed that the improvements will be felt “within the next 100 days.”
One DOTC proposal bared was the plan to put up ticketing sites outside of the MRT stations in order to reduce the cue that builds up along the stairs on the way to the train platform.
”Not just from on site, before you go on to be able to buy tickets from other sources,” added Abella.
The DOTC also plans to build better and nicer waiting rooms for MRT passengers to make staying on the platform more pleasant and a lot easier.
This effort by the Executive brand of the government is being executed while awaiting the emergency power that Congress is preparing for President Duterte.
In related news, the DOTC has partnered with Smart Communications Inc. to provide free Wi-fi in various transport hubs including bus stations nationwide.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has already been signed by the two parties to provide Wi-fi access that is ten times faster and at par with international standards.
“Passengers will now enjoy free WiFi connections during their stay in various transport hubs. We aim to provide high standards and better services to the public,” said DOTC Secretary Tugade.
Smart, which has allotted about Php 1 billion for the project, will be expected to operate and maintain with Wi-fi service in airports, seaports, train stations and bus terminals nationwide at no cost to the government.
No specific date has been announced regarding the launch of the free Wi-fi service.