MANILA – A Palace official on Sunday assured that the government is already addressing the traffic congestion by coming out with concrete solutions that will be felt by the public in four years’ time.
”It is important for the public to know that the government has already identified our traffic congestion problem and we have prepared concrete solutions that will start soon,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio ‘Sonny’ Coloma said in an interview with Radio ng Bayan.
Coloma said the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) submitted last Friday the proposed projects that will decongest traffic in different parts of Metro Manila.
Coloma said some of the NEDA recommendations are the construction of interchange project in Quezon City and the underpass project along Gil Puyat in Makati City.
”The underpass will help to achieve smooth flow of traffic in two major intersections along Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas,” Coloma said.
He said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will start the Gil Puyat-Makati Avenue-Paseo de Roxas vehicle underpass projects before 2015.
”The focus of our President Benigno Aquino III and his Cabinet is to continue performing their mandates in implementing reforms,” Coloma assured.
”Although the details are not complete, we want to assure our countrymen that we have identified all these problems,” he added.
Other newly-proposed projects by NEDA include Metro Manila Interchange Construction Project Phase VI that will cover three places such as EDSA-North Avenue-West Avenue-Mindanao Avenue Interchange; Circumferential Road 5 or C5-Green Meadows-Calle Industria-Eastwood Interchange; and, EDSA-Roosevelt Avenue-Congressional Avenue Interchange.
”It will be started in 2015 and will be finished within four years,” Coloma said.