The Philippines looks outside of the country for solutions to the worsening traffic congestion that has led to high fuel expenses, air pollution, among many other problems in Metro Manila.

Taking a cue from one of our most progressive neighbors in southeast Asia, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has teamed up with the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the creation of an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for Metro Manila.

Under the MOU signed by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and SCE Chief Executive Officer Kong Wy Mun, expertise and experience in the implementation of ITS will be provided by SCE. That includes recommending suitable traffic management policies to help in its implementation; enforcement of various systems in traffic control, congestion management, travel advisory, surveillance, and incident management, among others, in order to decongest Manila traffic in an effective and efficient manner.

Ph teams up with Singapore to solve traffic in Metro Manila

Present during the signing were Singapore's Ambassador to the Philippines Kok Li Peng, Centre Director for Manila and Second Secretary of International Enterprise Singapore Darren Lee, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim, and Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport Thomas Orbos.

In order to efficiently and effectively address the growing traffic problem, the ITS will use a comprehensive and holistic approach in creating ‘policy alignment, regulation changes, capacity building, engineering know-how build up, including the setting up of a centralized traffic and incident management system.’

The ITS will comes in various phases beginning with a Master Plan Study and Design, Integrated Traffic Management, Congestion Management, Enforcement Management; and Enhancement of Traffic Management.

“The DOTr, as well as this whole country, recognize and welcome innovation and technology. We embrace technology because we know that technology is the path to development and growth in these modern times,” said Tugade.

“SCE is privileged to partner with the Philippines' Department of Transport to offer Singapore’s experience and solutions in the areas of traffic management policies and systems. Through this collaboration, we believe it would be the right direction towards improving traffic conditions in Manila, as well as strengthen ties between our countries,” said Mun.