Duterte gives up on EDSA, says he needs emergency powers to solve traffic problem

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Duterte gives up on EDSA, says he needs emergency powers to solve traffic problem

By Coconuts Manila Sep 20, 2018 | 3:25pm Manila timeEDSA traffic Photo ABS-CBN News                                             
EDSA traffic. (Photo: ABS-CBN News)

It looks like we’ll be stuck with EDSA’s massive traffic for the next couple of years because Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday to just let EDSA stay the same for another 20 years.

Uhh, no-can-do’s-ville, dear president. That’s not going to sit well with drivers and commuters who use the metro’s busiest thoroughfare daily.

The president insisted in a speech in Malacañang yesterday that he needed emergency powers to solve the traffic woes on the metro’s busiest thoroughfare, Manila Bulletin reported.

However, he added that some members of Congress are suspicious that he might use his powers for corrupt activities.

“There’s always the hanging suspicion that I’m there for the money. Then don’t [trust me]. We can’t do anything about it,” Duterte said in a mix of English and Filipino, CNN Philippines reported.

“Let EDSA remain as it is for the next 20 years. Don’t bother,” he added.

Well, he sure gives up fast.

“I told you before that I’ll try [to address EDSA’s traffic woes]. What I asked before is to be given emergency powers. Emergency power means you can simply buy anything without bidding. And it was given to [former Presidents Ferdinand] Marcos and Cory [Aquino] during their time,” Duterte was quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“I cannot repair it (EDSA) with saliva. I need to spend, I need to have money,” he added.

Hopefully, this is just one of the president’s statements that should not be taken literally because Filipinos are counting on him to make a real change in the metro’s traffic.

Efforts to improve traffic on EDSA have not been successful.

Last month, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) conducted a weeklong trial for the driver-only ban on EDSA, which was met with major backlash from netizens and lawmakers alike.

The highway is traversed by more than 300,000 vehicles daily. Traffic got so bad that this woman tried bypassing congested streets by taking a boat in Pasig River — which worked out pretty well for her..

https://coconuts.co/manila/news/duterte-gives-edsa-says-needs-emergency-powers-solve-traffic-problem/
Looks like Duterte is giving up easily on lots of things, lately......Scarborough Shoals.....Hague ruling....5minute travel time.,...

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      Tugade: Emergency powers for Duterte denied due to personal hidden agenda


      Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Wednesday said he assumed that the denial of the granting of emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to address the traffic problem is due to personal and hidden agenda.

      “Puwede kong sabihin 'yun na ginagamit 'yung hindi pagbigay ng emergency power dahil may personal na hidden agenda,” Tugade said in an interview on Dobol B sa News TV aired on GMA News TV.

      “Kailangan ba na ganyan ang takbo ng ating pananaw kung tayo ay magsisilbi sa publiko?” Tugade added.

      Tugade gave the comment in response to Senator Grace Poe’s statement that Congress’ denial of emergency powers to the Duterte administration was being used as an excuse for its failure in easing traffic in the National Capital Region. 

      Poe and Tugade clashed on the need for emergency powers to address Metro Manila’s worsening traffic problem during the hearing of the Senate public services committee on Tuesday. 

      The senator said she is not against giving Duterte emergency powers but she was still unconvinced that the President needed such.

      “Hindi ako kontra.  D’un ako sa kung ano ang makapagbibigay ng solusyon at sana nagawa nilang kumbinsihin tayo na yun lang ang paraan, emergency powers," Poe said.

      Poe, who chairs the committee, said the DOTr could do many of the things they want even without emergency powers being granted to the President.

      Tugade agreed with Poe but said procurement can be faster with emergency powers. Poe however disagreed.

      The Transportation secretary said development projects would still be continued despite possible delays caused by the non-approval of the emergency powers.

      “Kung hindi ibigay, no retreat, no surrender kami,” Tugade said.

      “Ibig sabihin gagawin pa rin namin 'yung inaakala naming dapat gawin. Naaantala lamang. Kulang sa oras. Kulang sa panahon,” he added.

      According to Tugade, emergency powers to be grant to the Duterte administration will help them to do more and expand the coverage of their work in resolving the perennial traffic problem.

      Tugade noted that the emergency powers will ease their trouble with partial operability, right of way acquisition, and relocation of informal settlers and utilities in their projects.

      Poe, during the Tuesday Senate hearing, said she had yet to be convinced that Duterte needed emergency powers.
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      Poe shrugs off Duterte's 'atribida' remark

      - September 12, 2019 - 11:01am

      MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte's supposed remarks against her will not distract Sen. Grace Poe from doing her job.

      Last month, the president said he "cannot do anything about the traffic in EDSA because of an 'atribida' lady."


      Duterte did not identify whom he was referring to but Poe had blocked his 2016 request to Congress for emergency powers to address the traffic crisis in Metro Manila. In an interview with ANC's "Headstart" Thursday, Poe herself admitted that the president was most likely referring to her. "The president's mind is a mystery to me. Just a few months ago he called me a fine, courteous lady, which is the exact opposite of being impertinent or 'atribida,'" Poe said. "It doesn't really affect me at this point because I cannot get distracted with what I have to do," she added. DOTr bats for emergency powers anew Earlier this week, the senator led the Senate inquiry into the provincial bus ban along EDSA. In the same hearing, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade reiterated the adminstration's request for emergency powers in solving the traffic issue. Poe, meanwhile, stressed that she should not be blamed for the worsening traffic congestion in Metro Manila as it is an administration issue and not a legislation problem. The senator pointed out that Duterte has the power to consolidate the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to come up with a traffic plan. "That's all I've been asking for — a traffic plan and [for] transportation — which they did not submit," Poe said. While the DOTr had submitted a list of projects for emergency powers that would bypass requirements like bidding and fast-track procurement, Poe noted that the projects were not linked to easing traffic congestion. Some of the listed projects were setting up fences in Subic and the acquisition of facial recognition software for employees, according to the senator. "He tried to present his case but once again, he failed to make a point why emergency powers is actually needed," she said.



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      Panelo: Duterte not keen on replacing Tugade

                                    

      MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte is keen on keeping Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade even after Sen. Grace Poe said he needs to be replaced for failing to deal with the traffic mess in Metro Manila, Malacañang said yesterday.

      Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said there is no need for Tugade to resign as he still enjoys the trust of the President.

      “Of course, Mr. Tugade has already laid out the table in the Senate. He is suggesting that emergency powers be granted to the President as he previously did,” said Panelo when asked if the Palace still trusts Tugade to solve the traffic problem in the metropolis.

      Instead of criticizing Tugade, Panelo challenged Poe to name the person who she thinks would be able to solve the traffic mess.

      “Maybe she should give us a name, Senator Grace,” Panelo said, in response to the senator’s call that Tugade be replaced.

      Panelo reminded Poe, who chairs the Senate committee on public services, that the traffic problem would have been addressed if Congress gave the Chief Executive emergency powers.

      “But precisely they were given the option, this is our solution: the President needs emergency powers, give it to him. But her response was it could be abused, result in coruption, that’s why the President was annoyed,” Panelo said.

      Now that the emergency powers are again being discussed at the Senate, Panelo said the President may change his mind in looking at ways to handle the traffic problem.

      ‘Thinks highly of herself’

      The Department of Transportation (DOTr), meanwhile, fired back at Poe for her remarks on Tugade.

      Tugade said he will not allow himself to be used as “props” by “misguided politicians” as he serves only at the pleasure of the President.

      “She thinks too highly of herself. Even my position she wants to meddle with? I serve only at the pleasure of the President. Not subject to the whims, caprice and theatrics of misguided politicians,” Tugade said in response to Poe’s remarks that he should be replaced as he is underperforming.

      Poe and Tugade have been at odds about the granting of emergency powers to President Duterte to address Metro Manila’s traffic crisis.

      Poe believes there are a lot of things the DOTr can do under existing laws to solve the traffic crisis and speed up implementation of transportation projects.

      Tugade, however, said the grant of emergency powers would aid in the swift resolution of traffic woes in the country.

      In an open letter to Poe yesterday, the DOTr said traffic management is not part of the agency’s mandate.

      “Under the mandate covered by the DOTr, it is not fair to call the transportation secretary as underperforming because that is not true,” it said.

      “Madam Senator, it is not Secretary Tugade’s habit to sleep on the job. That is why the department is implementing 24/7 construction and partial operability timelines is because of his intention to bring immediate public service on transportation to the Filipinos,” the DOTr said.

      Open private subdivisions

      Lawmakers, however, believe that Duterte definitely needs emergency powers to at least mitigate the long-running traffic problem in Metro Manila.

      Rep. Precious Hipolito-Castelo pointed out that with such authority granted by Congress (Senate and House of Representatives), then “traffic rules will be strictly enforced and subdivisions already donated to local governments can be opened for motorists.” 

      “There should be no worries that emergency powers will be abused as all accounting and auditing rules will still be subscribed,” the congresswoman said.

      Castelo, vice chairperson of the House committee on Metro Manila Development said the emergency powers for the President is the key to the long-term solutions to traffic woes in the capital.

      “We can’t forever rely on transport network companies, P2P buses, taxis or motorcycle hails companies. We should aim for more mass transport infrastructures that are efficient and reliable,” Castelo said. 

      Law and order in the country will be achieved if the Duterte administration will be able to solve the perennial traffic mess where petty crimes usually originate, Rep. Niña Taduran of party-list ACT-CIS said.

      “The more time people spend trapped in traffic, the more they are exposed to petty criminals who prey on their victims like shooting fish in a barrel,” she said.

      “The President needs emergency powers to cut through all this red tape and just get things done,” Taduran added.

      “Building the necessary infrastructure to support the transportation needs of Metro Manila’s ever increasing population is the key to solving the gridlock in the streets,” the administration lawmaker added.





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    • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

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    • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

      What happened to the traffic master plan?

      In a special report (by Agence France-Presse) on the deaths of patients being transported by ambulance to the hospital but dying on the way because of traffic in Metro Manila roads, veteran automotive journalist Vernon Sarne had a pithy explanation.

      “Even when you want to give way,” Sarne said, “but the motorway is full, what can we do? The ambulance cannot levitate.”

      Oh, but presidential spokesperson and legal adviser Sal Panelo had a ready reply to this dilemma. He suggested that ambulances could very well levitate—that is, that patients and hospitals use “choppers for an emergency flight” instead. “If your problem is traffic,” Panelo added in all his wisdom, “and you cannot reach the hospital, then maybe a chopper can do that within minutes.”

      If this is the thinking of the President’s alter ego on the horrendous problems caused by Metro Manila traffic, then we’re in a heap more trouble than we think.

      For starters, a helicopter flight can cost thousands per trip, amounts the average patient cannot afford. Then there is the matter of chopper availability, with Panelo airily dismissing the problem by saying the defense and health departments should coordinate on the matter. And did Panelo even consider the number of hospitals in the metropolis with a ready helipad?

      This illustrates the frustrating situation that those seeking a solution or solutions to the traffic mess face. Instead of hunkering down and taking the necessary, even obvious, steps to deal with the problem, our officials insist on the dramatic, the draconian and the downright silly.

      First, of course, is the insistence of no less than the President himself that he needs “emergency powers” to address traffic. The grant of emergency powers, President Duterte insists, would enable him to allocate funds for infrastructure and other measures without going through the often-tedious processes of government transactions.

      But Sen. Grace Poe, whose committee has been holding hearings on the traffic mess, has other ideas. Traffic problems remain unresolved, she said, not because of Congress’ refusal to grant emergency powers but because of the lack of a transport master plan. There are enough laws existing to facilitate procurement and right-of-way problems, the senator said. “Under these existing laws, a lot could have been done with or without emergency powers.”

      Before terminating the first hearing, Poe declared that “it’s not the lack of powers but the lack of a more proactive stand. We need firmer actions from the executive who can very well function if they want to.” She stressed the need for a transportation system master plan that identifies short, medium and long-term projects, and gives the plan “sufficient funding and achievable deadlines.”

      Indeed, the country already has a master plan for easing the metro’s traffic problems. This is the “Dream Plan” formulated in 2014 with support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and adopted by the National Economic and Development Authority or Neda.

      During the same Senate hearing, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade confirmed that the Department of Transportation had received all the studies and master plan submitted by Jica “two or three years ago.” But Tugade added that while they “were trying to follow the master plan,” he and his bright boys implemented it “with some changes on the structures and facilities.”



    • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
      buddyw said:

      What happened to the traffic master plan?

      In a special report (by Agence France-Presse) on the deaths of patients being transported by ambulance to the hospital but dying on the way because of traffic in Metro Manila roads, veteran automotive journalist Vernon Sarne had a pithy explanation.

      “Even when you want to give way,” Sarne said, “but the motorway is full, what can we do? The ambulance cannot levitate.”

      Oh, but presidential spokesperson and legal adviser Sal Panelo had a ready reply to this dilemma. He suggested that ambulances could very well levitate—that is, that patients and hospitals use “choppers for an emergency flight” instead. “If your problem is traffic,” Panelo added in all his wisdom, “and you cannot reach the hospital, then maybe a chopper can do that within minutes.”

      If this is the thinking of the President’s alter ego on the horrendous problems caused by Metro Manila traffic, then we’re in a heap more trouble than we think.

      For starters, a helicopter flight can cost thousands per trip, amounts the average patient cannot afford. Then there is the matter of chopper availability, with Panelo airily dismissing the problem by saying the defense and health departments should coordinate on the matter. And did Panelo even consider the number of hospitals in the metropolis with a ready helipad?

      This illustrates the frustrating situation that those seeking a solution or solutions to the traffic mess face. Instead of hunkering down and taking the necessary, even obvious, steps to deal with the problem, our officials insist on the dramatic, the draconian and the downright silly.

      First, of course, is the insistence of no less than the President himself that he needs “emergency powers” to address traffic. The grant of emergency powers, President Duterte insists, would enable him to allocate funds for infrastructure and other measures without going through the often-tedious processes of government transactions.

      But Sen. Grace Poe, whose committee has been holding hearings on the traffic mess, has other ideas. Traffic problems remain unresolved, she said, not because of Congress’ refusal to grant emergency powers but because of the lack of a transport master plan. There are enough laws existing to facilitate procurement and right-of-way problems, the senator said. “Under these existing laws, a lot could have been done with or without emergency powers.”

      Before terminating the first hearing, Poe declared that “it’s not the lack of powers but the lack of a more proactive stand. We need firmer actions from the executive who can very well function if they want to.” She stressed the need for a transportation system master plan that identifies short, medium and long-term projects, and gives the plan “sufficient funding and achievable deadlines.”

      Indeed, the country already has a master plan for easing the metro’s traffic problems. This is the “Dream Plan” formulated in 2014 with support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and adopted by the National Economic and Development Authority or Neda.

      During the same Senate hearing, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade confirmed that the Department of Transportation had received all the studies and master plan submitted by Jica “two or three years ago.” But Tugade added that while they “were trying to follow the master plan,” he and his bright boys implemented it “with some changes on the structures and facilities.”



      the no traffic masterplan but there is a DIABOLIC plan to skip the BIDDING PROCESS.

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      Lawmaker wants private cars out of EDSA during rush hours


      MANILA (UPDATE) - Private vehicles passing through EDSA should be banned during rush hour, a lawmaker proposed Monday, ahead of the expected rush of Christmas shoppers.

      The proposal to make EDSA a "mass transport highway" should be in place until the completion of the MRT-3 rehabilitation, the Metro Manila subway, and a road connecting the northern and southern Luzon expressways, said Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice.

      "Kailangan maihatid muna natin nang mas mabilis ang ating mga manggagawa at makauwi sila nang mas maaga," he told radio DZMM.

      "Ang aking proposal, mula alas-6 hanggang alas-9 ng umaga, at mula alas-6 ng gabi hanggang alas-9, e ipagbawal na ang mga private vehicles sa EDSA... Mga mass transport, iyan na lang ang puwede nating padaanin d'yan," he added.

      (We need to usher our workers faster and get them home earlier. My proposal is that from 6 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., private vehicles should be banned from EDSA. Only mass transport should be allowed there.)

      Some 300,000 private vehicles ply EDSA daily, almost 4 times more than the 80,000 buses there, said Erice, vice chairperson of the House committee on Metro Manila Development.

      "Kahit doblehin mo pa, triplehin mo pa iyong mga buses at public utility vehicles d'yan sa EDSA, maluwang pa rin ang EDSA at mas maraming mamamayan natin ang makikinabang," he said.

      (Even if you double, triple the buses and public utility vehicles there in EDSA, traffic would still be light and more citizens would benefit.)

      Asked if the proposed ban should cover motorcycles and units of ride-hailing firm Grab, Erice said: "Iyan po ang pwede nating pag-aralan (that's something we can study)."

      Lawmakers may tackle the proposed ban during Monday's budget hearing for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), he said.

      MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos welcomed Erice’s proposal and said they may take it up with its council of local government executives in their next meeting.

      “Pwede gawing hybrid gawin natin puro bus lang 'yan pero siguro ang private pwede dumaan pero dapat 3 to 4 laman para makadaan sila kasi etong EDSA dito natin pinapriority 'yung madaming laman," he said.

      Orbos said if this scheme is implemented, they may also suspend a current scheme that bans buses from EDSA one day a week depending on their plate numbers.

      He added that should they opt for a hybrid version of Erice’s proposal, private vehicles with 3 to 4 passengers may be allowed on EDSA even during the window hours, but their tinted windows have to be opened.

      Erice, meanwhile, said his proposal is meant to end the suffering of ordinary commuters by making those with cars take public transport like everyone else. Those who insist on taking their own cars can still use EDSA outside the window hours, he said.

      Erice said he is amenable to allowing carpooling on EDSA during the window hours. He, however, is against allowing ride-hailing services like Grab on EDSA during the window hours.

      The average number of vehicle volume in EDSA rose to 405,882 in the January to August 2019 period, higher than the 2018 average of 383,828, MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialogo earlier said.

      At peak hours, the main arteries of Manila are clogged with idling cars -- a 25-kilometer end to end drive through the main highway can take as long as 3 hours.

      Home to some 13 million, there is nearly one vehicle registered per person. The resulting gridlock costs the city $67 million daily in lost productivity, according to a 2017 Japanese government-funded study.

      Patients have been dying in ambulances while caught in traffic jams, a news report said last week.



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    • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

      Lawmaker wants private cars out of EDSA during rush hours



      MANILA (UPDATE) - Private vehicles passing through EDSA should be banned during rush hour, a lawmaker proposed Monday, ahead of the expected rush of Christmas shoppers.

      The proposal to make EDSA a "mass transport highway" should be in place until the completion of the MRT-3 rehabilitation, the Metro Manila subway, and a road connecting the northern and southern Luzon expressways, said Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice.

      "Kailangan maihatid muna natin nang mas mabilis ang ating mga manggagawa at makauwi sila nang mas maaga," he told radio DZMM.

      "Ang aking proposal, mula alas-6 hanggang alas-9 ng umaga, at mula alas-6 ng gabi hanggang alas-9, e ipagbawal na ang mga private vehicles sa EDSA... Mga mass transport, iyan na lang ang puwede nating padaanin d'yan," he added.

      (We need to usher our workers faster and get them home earlier. My proposal is that from 6 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., private vehicles should be banned from EDSA. Only mass transport should be allowed there.)

      Some 300,000 private vehicles ply EDSA daily, almost 4 times more than the 80,000 buses there, said Erice, vice chairperson of the House committee on Metro Manila Development.

      "Kahit doblehin mo pa, triplehin mo pa iyong mga buses at public utility vehicles d'yan sa EDSA, maluwang pa rin ang EDSA at mas maraming mamamayan natin ang makikinabang," he said.

      (Even if you double, triple the buses and public utility vehicles there in EDSA, traffic would still be light and more citizens would benefit.)

      Asked if the proposed ban should cover motorcycles and units of ride-hailing firm Grab, Erice said: "Iyan po ang pwede nating pag-aralan (that's something we can study)."

      Lawmakers may tackle the proposed ban during Monday's budget hearing for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), he said.

      MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos welcomed Erice’s proposal and said they may take it up with its council of local government executives in their next meeting.

      “Pwede gawing hybrid gawin natin puro bus lang 'yan pero siguro ang private pwede dumaan pero dapat 3 to 4 laman para makadaan sila kasi etong EDSA dito natin pinapriority 'yung madaming laman," he said.

      Orbos said if this scheme is implemented, they may also suspend a current scheme that bans buses from EDSA one day a week depending on their plate numbers.

      He added that should they opt for a hybrid version of Erice’s proposal, private vehicles with 3 to 4 passengers may be allowed on EDSA even during the window hours, but their tinted windows have to be opened.

      Erice, meanwhile, said his proposal is meant to end the suffering of ordinary commuters by making those with cars take public transport like everyone else. Those who insist on taking their own cars can still use EDSA outside the window hours, he said.

      Erice said he is amenable to allowing carpooling on EDSA during the window hours. He, however, is against allowing ride-hailing services like Grab on EDSA during the window hours.

      The average number of vehicle volume in EDSA rose to 405,882 in the January to August 2019 period, higher than the 2018 average of 383,828, MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago earlier said.

      At peak hours, the main arteries of Manila are clogged with idling cars -- a 25-kilometer end to end drive through the main highway can take as long as 3 hours.

      Home to some 13 million, there is nearly one vehicle registered per person. The resulting gridlock costs the city $67 million daily in lost productivity, according to a 2017 Japanese government-funded study.

      Patients have been dying in ambulances while caught in traffic jams, a news report said last week.



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    • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

      solusyon sa TRAPIK sa EDSA ... 

      ELEVATED EDSA on EDSA



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