House resolution pushes for creation of traffic crisis body

September 25, 2019

THE House Committee on Transportation yesterday adopted a resolution asking the Executive department to create a traffic crisis inter-agency management council to address the traffic problem in Metro Manila and affected provinces.

The panel led by Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento passed House Resolution (HR) No. 353 intended “to consolidate and harmonize all transport and traffic policies to address the urgent traffic crisis in Metro Manila and in the Philippines.”

Sarmiento said the resolution will be submitted to Malacañang for consideration.

HR No. 353 stressed the need for the creation and convention of an executive council to serve as an efficient venue for the consolidation and harmonization of traffic management, policies and plans that have to be discussed with the public prior to its implementation.

The resolution provides that the council shall consist of the heads of the Departments of Transportation, Public Works and Highways, Interior and Local Government, Metro Manila Development Authority, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG).

“The Philippines, specifically its metropolitan areas, is experiencing crisis in the form of heavy traffic, resulting in the country ranking first in the Traffic Index among Southeast Asian countries and fifth in all Asian countries for 2019,” Sarmiento said in the resolution.