ORTIGAS CENTER, Pasig City (DWDD) – “Ang trapik ko ay trapik mo rin.”
That was a line mentioned by Transportation Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Tim Orbos during the re-launch of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT).
“Ang problema po ng traffic ay hindi lang po problema ng gobyerno – problema rin po nating lahat. Kaya ang solusyun, hindi lang po manggagaling sa gobyerno kundi manggagaling din sa lahat,” he said.
Aside from Metro Manila, the revitalized and reinforced I-ACT expanded its coverage to include the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Rizal.
“This time, we included the nearby peripheries of the National Capital Region, as traffic situation in these areas greatly affect the traffic condition in the metropolis,” Orbos said.
The new I-ACT will likewise have additional member-agencies to include the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the local government units in NCR through the Metro Manila Council, and the Liga ng mga Barangay ng Pilipinas.
Taguig Mayor Laarni Cayetano, who was also present during the event, vowed to be solution-oriented in support of the I-ACT.
“Makaasa kayo ng solusyon, imbes na puna mula sa amin,” she said.
Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivares also welcomed the LGUs’ participation in the I-ACT through the Metro Manila Council (MMC). He disclosed that local chief executives, who are part of the MMC already, issued instructions to their Barangay Officials to take part in clearing of roads of illegally parked vehicles and vendors. “Hindi ito (kalsada) para sa vendors. Hindi ito for parking,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Private Sector Partners of the I-ACT led by Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. President, Atty. R. Gutierrez, expressed their full support as partner of I-ACT in the implementation of its programs and undertakings.
“We wish to partner with the I-ACT in its forthcoming programs, to advise and share systems, technologies and strategies in furtherance of its goals… and to provide continuous support in all its future undertakings,” their joint statement of support read.
In a statement, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, the founder of I-ACT, noted that traffic congestion in Metro Manila cannot be solved by a single solution.
“Hindi iisang solusyon ang maaaring makaresolba ng traffic sa Metro Manila. It should be a basket of solutions. Transport infrastructure cannot solve it alone. There needs to be efficient and strict enforcement of traffic rules, coupled with traffic education,” Sec. Tugade said.
During the relaunch, I-ACT pledged to undertake intensified operations against illegal parking, colorum and out-of-line vehicles, and illegal terminals. It will also intensify its anti-fixer and anti-fake driver’s license and vehicle plates operations. DOTR/MCAG