By Nino Luces
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – A congressman from Bicol is proposing that the dry run for the provincial bus ban in Metro Manila must be carried out for at least seven days to determine if it leads to a significant improvement of traffic along EDSA.
Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin, who petitioned the Supreme Court last April to stop the bus ban, told the Manila Bulletin that he will suggest during the Senate inquiry on Tuesday to proceed the dry run for one week.
He said he was invited as a resource person during the provincial bus ban hearing headed by Sen. Grace Poe.
“Ituloy natin for at least seven days, one week para makita natin kung may significant decrease ang traffic along EDSA. Kasi sinasabi nila, it generates traffic in those areas where the provincial bus terminals are situated. Sa Cubao, totoo naman talaga, meron naman talagang traffic, pero when you speak of kasi nagdi-generate ng traffic, kasi humihinto at namimick-up daw ng pasahero yung mga taxi, yung bus its a matter of implementing the traffic laws and regulation,” Garbin said.
Garbin said that in suggesting the dry-run he wants to prove the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) wrong.
“If there is no significant decrease in the congestion in EDSA, that’s the time that they have to abandon the policy and look for a long-term solution that will serve not only the interest of the few, but the interest of the commuters,” he said.
Garbin also suggested that the people behind the bus ban policy should resign for not solving the traffic on EDSA.
“I think heads should roll, kung ito failure ito kasi madami silang iistorbohin dito. Remember if you failed to perform your mandate which is to provide safety and convenience to your passengers, so anong gagawin mo? Bakit ka pa mag-stay sa pwesto?,” he said
Garbin said the Senate hearing will also take up the viability of the policy that MMDA has adopted.
“The basis of the investigation is, the petition that we filed in the Supreme Court. Kaya tayo naimbitahan. Sa Tuesday makikita natin doon na paguusapan yung viability ng polisiya, that was adopted by MMDA on the provincial bus ban,” he said.