[Para bawas volume, all government vehicles used to fetch and bring home RANKING public officials would be grounded at their respective motor pools every Monday]
“We appreciate the effort and good example of Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo when he endured his 3 1/2 hour commute from Marikina to Malacanang. His gesture can help show to the public that government knows the situation on the ground and that Malacanang is not an isolated seat of government,” said Iligan City Rep. Frederick W. Siao, chairman of the House committee on civil service and professional regulation.
Siao suggested that to ease traffic congestion and vehicle volume on the roads of Metro-Manila, “initially every Monday, all government vehicles used to fetch and bring home public officials from the division chiefs to cabinet secretaries to elected public officials would be grounded at their respective motor pools.”
“That would already be thousands of government vehicles off the streets, enough to significantly decongest traffic. Those ranking civil servants should commute using any of the available options: tricycles, jeepneys, buses, FX/UVs, light rail, PNR trains, and TNVS units. Kung gustong magbisikleta, pwede rin. Tuwing Monday lang naman,” Siao said.
The Iligan congressman credited then 17th Congress Rep. Neil Abayon for the idea of the government officials commuting at least once a month. “But my improvement on that idea is these officials should commute at least every Monday so they will be reminded weekly of the suffering the masses endure on a consistent basis.”
“This concept can be given a trial run all over Metro-Manila. If successful, it can be replicated in other highly urbanized areas of the country where heavy traffic is also a daily torment,” Siao said.
I will file a House Bill entitled Public Servants’ Commuting via Public Transport Act. “Kapag naisabatas po ito, makakaasa po ang publiko na mas mamadaliin naming mga government officials na solusyunan ang problema sa transportasyon,” Siao said.
“I note that Secretary Panelo had to ride three different jeepneys to get from Marikina in the east to Malacanang in the west. LTFRB may have to take a close look at the sufficiency of PUVs on that route, especially now that the LRT2 is not in full operation because of a recent fire,” he added.
Siao said, “there may also be a need for shorter North to South bus routes via EDSA because by the time the buses reach Makati, they are jampacked. Same with the bus and PUJ route from Fairview-Novaliches to Manila. More PUVs may be needed. Maybe a midpoint turnaround zone can be identified for the shorter bus routes.” (END)