Just months away from relinquishing control of the government, the current administration is busy implementing projects approved by National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) since 2014 in order to solve Metro Manila traffic woes.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Herminio Coloma Jr. said that President Aquino and his Cabinet is determined to apply the required changes to make the transit to work and home by people living and making a living in Metro Manila a whole lot easier.
The current measures being implemented come from the Mega Manila Dream Plan or Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila and its Surrounding Areas that was approved by NEDA.
Basic principles of this 'roadmap' include: 1) No traffic congestion; 2) No households living in hazardous conditions; 3) No barriers for seamless mobility; 4) No excessive cost burden for low income groups; and 5) No air pollution.
The five essential components needed to achieve these are: 1) at-grade urban roads; 2) main roads/expressways network; 3) urban and suburban rail network; 4) road-based public transport; and 5) traffic management strengthening.
This statement from the administration comes after John Forbes of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) said that Metro Manila may become "uninhabitable" within four years (2020) if the traffic problem is not solved. The Chamber expects auto sales to reach 500,000 units by that year.