Senator wants LGUs to run own transit systems

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Posted at Oct 08 2019 10:54 AM | Updated as of Oct 08 2019 11:07 AM

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MANILA - Local governments should be allowed to run their own public transit systems to help solve Metro Manila's traffic problems, a senator proposed Tuesday.

Sen. Francis Tolentino said this would allow city governments to fix the traffic situations in their own jurisdictions without having to rely on the national government for funding.

Tolentino cited the New York Transit Authority and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as examples.

The senator, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said a measure has been forwarded to his committee that would allow local governments to have their own mass transit facilities, such as the Makati Subway and Manila monorail system.

"What I'm saying is there might be some local solutions to our national problems. It's not just the prerogative and the monopoly of the national government to provide the solutions," he told ANC's Early Edition.

"The local government units can provide some solutions because they're more familiar with their landscape, their own jurisdictions so to speak."

The senator also suggested for state regulators to review the bus franchises it granted and "start from scratch."

"We need to review those franchises, the need, the market demand, the availability of parking spaces, their terminals among other things," he said.

Tolentino earlier filed a measure seeking to grant emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte which would allow faster procurement methods for infrastructure projects meant to address the traffic problem.

Government, however, dropped its bid for emergency powers.