THE chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development has urged the local government units (LGU’s) to cooperate in the clearing of “Mabuhay Lanes” or alternate routes of illegally parked vehicles to ease traffic during the Christmas season.
Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo, the panel chairman, said the success of the Mabuhay Lanes will depend on the support of LGUs because these lanes are situated in narrow roads.
Castelo advised the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to actively promote the availability of the Mabuhay Lanes as lawmakers have yet to hear about the alternate lane routes.
Likewise, he urged traffic enforcers to equip themselves with enough logistics, manpower and political will to successfully remove all road obstructions.
Manila Rep. Manuel Luis Lopez said the concerned government agencies should be able to decongest the usual chokepoints namely: SM North EDSA and EDSA Trinoma, EDSA Shaw Blvd where Shangri-la Plaza and SM Megamall are situated nearby, and the EDSA-Taft area.
The committee recently held a hearing to assess the anti-traffic plan for the Christmas season.
Retired General Manuel Gonzales, the Head of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) of the Department of Transportation (DoTr), said they are coordinating with the MMDA traffic officials, the 17 local government units (LGUs) chief traffic enforcers and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) to synchronize and harmonize their plans for the coming holidays.