Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Traffic Getting Worse under PNoy’s Administration

Even when the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was declared unconstitutional, I still believe in the leadership of our dear president. I kept recalling the times when he was still new a president. People wore yellow shirts to show their support for PNoy. However, what has happened with the infrastructure development during the four years of PNoy’s term? Let's see. There's the pending NLEX-SLEX connector road, discarded the Belgian-assisted Laguna Lake project, dumped the French-assisted port modernization project, derailment of MRT, and implementation of truck ban.

Now, I want to focus on the traffic that occurred in Metro Manila especially last September 5. Back in February, the Ordinance 8366 of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada was approved. The ordinance is about truck ban in Manila that takes place from 5 AM to 9 PM. This ordinance was made since the trucks were thought to be the ones causing heavy traffic. Unfortunately, the possibility of port congestion was not predicted. The truck ban resulted in the late delivery of commodities to people and companies who need the products in their businesses. Because there is a scarcity of stocks due to late delivery or undelivered products, the prices of several goods have increased. Meanwhile, the port and truck employees’ work became limited.

To solve the port congestion, it was ordered this September that the late cargos be delivered twice as fast as the usual, which resulted in heavy traffic. After this incident, PNoy blamed the commuters and motorists distress on Mayor Joseph Estrada and the City of Manila. PNoy also blamed the former President Gloria Arroyo for the on-going problems in the MRT and LRT.

It would have been wiser for him to find solutions to the problems his people are facing instead of blame other people. The president has been sleeping on his job, yet he thinks that his management is the best. I wouldn't agree with charter change anymore if he would be the one ruling, because the state of the people in the country has worsened under his rule.

I remember when my friends and I settled on hailing a cab after we attempted to ride the MRT - we were already inside the train when the management asked everyone to disembark since there was a sudden problem at the time - the cab driver shared his sentiments angrily (I am not exaggerating). He told us that there’s no hope for the Philippines under PNoy’s leadership.

The solution for the traffic here in Manila is for PNoy's administration to have a sense of urgency in fixing the problem concerning MRT’s frequent breakdown and to put up an infrastructure that would make commuting and traveling more easy and convenient. Hong Kong and Singapore have good systems for their ports and trucks, so why don't we take them as good examples and observe what they are doing right? Perhaps, it would be a good idea to build roads exclusively for trucks where they can travel with ease from port to port.

With all of the issues that our dear president is facing, will he be able to have a fruitful term? I do not want PNoy to be impeached, because I still respect him as a leader. However, I do not want his term to extend. For now, I can say that we fail to find a head that would lift us up from our woes. Still, PNoy has 2 more years to prove himself. Let's just see how it all pans out.

Written by: Janine Daquio
Edited by: Katrina Pulvera
Photo: fifthcolumnpost.com


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Yan sa pag-take time sa pagbasa. hahaha

  2. It would take a lot of guts to overhaul our traffic system, and unfortunately, the current president doesn't have those.

  3. Naku parang mas madaming unsolved crimes now under his regime. Sana nga di na siya mag extend pero sino naman ang papalit sa kanya? That's a good topic for your next entry ; )