Palace appeals to give HOV traffic scheme a chance

MANILA MalacaAang on Thursday urged the public to give the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) a chance if its High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) policy would ease the traffic situation on Edsa.

Ginagawa po iyan sa America at ibang lugar sa daigdig hindi po tayo ang kauna-unahang nag-eksperimento diyan. So, tingnan po natin kung magiging epektibo iyan subukan naman po natin (It is being done in America and other parts of the world. It is not us who first did this experiment. So, let's see if it is effective let's try first), Roque said in a Palace press briefing.

Last Wednesday, the MMDA held a dry-run of the new traffic scheme where only vehicles with two or more passengers will be allowed to use Edsa during rush hours.

The HOV policy, however, drew mixed reactions, with some sectors questioning it due to lack of public consultation and due process.

Roque defended the traffic scheme, saying the MMDA was just trying to find a way to curb the worsening traffic condition on Edsa.

He said the HOV would encourage carpooling and would reduce the number of vehicles and lessen gasoline consumption.

So let's give it a chance. We explore everything to find solution on this problem of traffic, Roque said.

In a media interview, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go said MMDA chairman Danny Lim will discuss again the traffic scheme with the Metro Manila Council (MMC), the policy-making body of the agency.

But don't you worry because it is on dry-run stage. There is still no arrest to be made. The MMDA has no other purpose but to solve traffic in Metro Manila, Go told the media at the sidelines of the 6th Competitiveness Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Go said Lim told him that MMDA is open to amending the HOV policy, hoping the MMC will be to come up with acceptable decision on the HOV.

He also confirmed that MMDA has asked for an audience with President Rodrigo Duterte to present its plans on how to improve traffic flow in Metro Manila. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency