Mayor Vico laments: MMDA policies in EDSA worsened traffic in Pasig

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 13 2019 07:16 PM

MANILA - Policies implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in EDSA have worsened traffic conditions in Pasig City, Mayor Vico Sotto said.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Sotto lamented how the city has been directly affected by MMDA policies in EDSA.

"In recent days, we have had to deal with even more challenges. Most notably, the efforts of the #MMDA along #EDSA have greatly increased vehicle volume in C5 and even the interior roads of Pasig," he wrote.

According to Sotto, he and his team have been working to improve traffic management in Pasig.

However, they face a "special set of challenges" primarily due to the volume of vehicles passing through the city.

"We will defer to the wisdom & authority of the MMDA, but this increased traffic on our side is a reality for now," Sotto wrote.

For Sotto, the solution to heavy traffic in Pasig and in Metro Manila is to lessen demand for cars.

"This means a greater focus on moving people rather than private vehicles. This means incorporating more non-car modes of transportation in our long-term plans," he wrote.

"We will balance the longer term with the short term need to manage traffic better. This will be difficult, but we are prepared to fight for better mobility in Pasig," Sotto added.

On his first day in office last July 1, Sotto suspended a nearly 3-year-old odd-even scheme in the city and created a traffic management task force.

The MMDA on Tuesday proposed several solutions and appealed for understanding from the public as it seeks to decongest EDSA by banning provincial buses along Metro Manila’s busiest thoroughfare.

The agency earlier drew flak after it strictly enforced the yellow lane policy in conjunction with the dry run of its provincial bus ban last week, leaving many passengers stuck in traffic for hours.

The Philippine capital’s traffic congestion costs the country P3.5 billion daily, a 2017 study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency showed. This could rise to P5.4 billion by 2035 if no interventions are made.