by Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
Traffic and transportation officials will revive the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) that will lay down short term and long term solutions to ease congestion in Metro Manila.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Thomas Orbos, who has been appointed as I-ACT head, said he is working on a traffic management plan that will consolidate efforts of the Department of Transportation and MMDA to mitigate traffic gridlock in the metropolis.
“The challenge for me is to come out with a traffic management plan that should address short-term solutions and take cognizance of the long-term solutions,” said Orbos, also concurrent DOTr undersecretary for road transport.
Under his leadership, Orbos said he wants to strengthen the coordination among traffic and transport related agencies and local government units to address traffic problems in the metropolis.
“Rather than having a supervisory nature we will have better and seamless coordination as I-ACT,” said Orbos.
He is also seeking to have the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) as part of I-ACT.
I-ACT is composed of the MMDA, Department of Transportation, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group.
“The DPWH that handles infrastructure plays an important role, plus toll ways, in our efforts. Traffic is not just confined to Metro Manila, it affects other areas like Rizal, Cavite, Bulacan,” said new I-ACT head.
He is also planning to pursue nighttime commerce, particularly allowing delivery trucks to use EDSA and other major roads during the night where traffic flow is light.