By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said the suspension of Transport Network Company (TNC) Uber contributed to the slight ease in Metro Manila’s traffic woes.
MMDA Chairperson Danilo Lim, however, said during the Palace press briefing Thursday morning that the problem still remains because the root is the volume of vehicles plying Metro Manila routes.
“Sa mga narinig natin mukhang lumuwag nang konti ‘yung traffic (From what we heard, the traffic congestion eased slightly) because the problem talaga (really) in Metro Manila is a volume problem of vehicles,” Lim said.
“Talagang napakaraming sasakyan at ‘yung mga kalsada natin ay hindi naman nadadagdagan, ano (We have so many vehicles but we don’t have any new roads),” he added.
“Of course, ‘yung traffic natin eh talagang malala pa rin, but kahit paano nakatulong daw (the traffic condition is still bad but they said somehow the suspension helped),” he continued. “Siguro mga five percent sa travel time (About five percent in the travel time).”
According to Lim, the Duterte administration’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build!” infrastructure project is the solution to really solve Metro Manila’s traffic gridlock.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended the operations of Uber last week after the company reportedly continued accepting new applicants despite the agency imposing a moratorium.
The agency earlier stated that there are about 66,000 units of Uber plying the country’s roads.
Meanwhile, Lim said that the MMDA will support LTFRB’s plan to have more taxis on the road if the latter thinks it is a good move despite the problem of volume of vehicles in Metro Manila.
“Hindi natin saklaw ‘yung mga plano at ‘yung direksyon ng ibang ahensya. But kung sa palagay nila eh tama ‘yan (We do not have any say on the plans of other agencies but if they think it is good), then we will support that,” Lim said.
“Ang importante lang dito is sumunod sila–taxi man ‘yan o Uber o Grab–sa mga ‘yung impositions ng LTFRB (What’s important here is they follow the impositions of the LTFRB whether they are taxis, Uber, or Grab),” he added.
“I’m sure ang (the) bottom line consideration ng LTFRB dito ay hindi para to (of the LTFRB here is to not) inconvenience to the public.
LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra, in a Palace press briefing this week, said it is planning to increase the number of taxis in Metro Manila to address the big demand for them and at the same time force abusive taxi drivers to shape up.