MANILA—If elected in the May 9 polls, independent presidential candidate and Senator Grace Poe said on Sunday she would appoint a secretary whose job is only to address the traffic situation, particularly in Metro Manila.
”I will appoint a secretary as ‘traffic terminator.’ His only function is to monitor every project that should be finished immediately, like the right-of-way,” Poe said during the third and last presidential debate at the Phinma University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City.
Poe did not give name but said her traffic terminator should have engineering background and expertise in traffic enforcement.
For the immediate solution of the worsening traffic problem, Poe said discipline should be instilled to everyone, particularly to the drivers.
”We need discipline. Our roads are not personal parking lot of our countrymen. We should enforce the law,” Poe said.
She said there is also a need to intensify the road clearing and widening to reduce traffic congestion.
The lady senator said the South Luzon Expressway and the North Luzon Expressway connector road can help if it will be finished immediately.
”Yung ating MRT-7 na nag-break ground na, dapat ‘yung kanilang proposed delivery ng 2018 ay tutukan para ‘yung mga kababayan natin mula Trinoma hanggang San Jose del Monte, Bulacan ay makabiyahe. ‘Yung LRT extension na matagal nang ipinangako hanggang Cavite, dapat magawa na ‘yan. ‘Yan po ang nakikita natin sa ngayon,” Poe said.
For the long-term solution, Poe said a subway system can also help in solving traffic congestion.
”Alam mo, posibleng magkaroon ng subway system para mas mabilis ang biyahe. Kung sabi nila binabaha rito, pero ‘yung subway sa ibang bansa, sa ilalim ng karagatan dumadaan, kaya pwede dito,” Poe said.
She said the Philippine National Railways (PNR) should be extended to Dagupan City and the line to Bicol should be revived.
She also believes that Cebu and Mindanao, particularly in Cagayan de Oro City, should have their own Metro Rail Transit.
”There are many plans but not implemented immediately, like projects where bidding alone lasts for three years,” Poe said.