Unusual how the timing of news can be.
Just last month, Rep. Enrique Cojuangco of Tarlac has filed House Bill 3377, setting the speed limits on all major thoroughfares in the Philippines in the hopes of minimizing accidents.
H.B. 3377 seeks to update the speed limits set in Republic Act 4136, and on top of updating the limits on roads in the Philippines, it covers the new expressways such as the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), the Metro Manila Skyway, the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway), the Bataan Provincial Expresway and the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX).
Under the bill, Cojuangco prescribes the following speeds:
(1) On open country roads with no blind corners and not closely bordered by habitation is 80 kilometers per hour for cars and motorcycles and 50 kilometers per hour for buses and trucks.
(2) On boulevards, clear of traffic with no blind corners, the speed limit for cars and motorcycles is 40 kilometers per hour and 30 kilometer per hour for trucks and buses.
(3) On city and municipal roads with light traffic, the speed limit for cars and motorcycles is 20 kilometers per hour and 30 kilometers per hour for trucks and buses.
(4) On crowded streets, approaching intersections at blind corners, passing school zones, the speed limit is 20 kilometers per hour for cars and motorcycles and 20 kilometers per hour for trucks and buses.
However, upon closer inspection and comparison with R.A. 4136 (specifically Section 35 b), the speeds prescribed by Cojuangco are exactly the same, with the exception of number 3, as R.A. 4136 states that cars and motorcycles have a limit of 30 km/h while H.B. 3377 states that it should be 20 km/h, yet buses and trucks retain the original speed of 30 km/h.
Cojuangco's bill further prescribes that (5) on expressways or highways designed exclusively for high-speed traffic, the speed limit is 130 kilometers per hour for cars and motorcycles and 110 kilometers per hour for buses and trucks.
The news about the bill came a day before a bus plunged from the Metro Manila Skyway whilst driving 100-110 km/h, as described by an eyewitness.
Also, the proposed speed limits make no mention about reduced speed limits during rainshowers.