By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Lawmakers on Wednesday agreed with the government’s planned removal of all provincial bus terminals along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) by January next year.
AKO BICOL partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe, Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano, and Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo expressed full support to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s plan as directed by President Duterte.
“I fully agree with this proposal as provincial buses as well as public utility vehicles dropping and picking passengers in front of these terminally usually clog/ choke traffic on EDSA,” Batocabe said.
“However, the government should provide alternative terminals that will accommodate all these provincial buses. Otherwise, this will create more problems than solutions. Be that as it may, we can close terminals but we should allow these buses to ply EDSA not only to maximize the transport of passengers but also to minize costs of the riding public,” he said.
For his part, Albano said, “I support it because it will decongest Metro Manila.”
Quimbo also “absolutely agreed” with the planned closing down of all provincial bus terminals along EDSA.
In a television interview, MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr. said they have been directed by the President to close down all provincial bus terminals along EDSA.
Reports said the MMDA is eyeing to install integrated terminals along Valenzuela City and Santa Rosa, Laguna that would cater to buses from the northern and southern provinces near Metro Manila.