Lacson plans to ease traffic in Metro Manila through population decongestion

Lacson plans to ease traffic in Metro Manila through population decongestion

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Partido Reporma chairman and standard-bearer Panfilo “Ping”
Lacson is doing away with building more road networks in Metro Manila,
saying that the best way to improve its traffic situation is to let
more people move away from the cities and go back to the provinces.

In his conversation with radio hosts Ted Failon and DJ Chacha over
Radyo Singko, Wednesday morning (November 3), Lacson said his plans to
decongest the National Capital Region (NCR) are tied to his Budget
Reform Advocacy for Village Empowerment (BRAVE) policy agenda.

BRAVE has been one of the flagship legislative proposals of Lacson,
which aims to infuse better public funding for community development
projects to be facilitated by the local government units (LGU)
themselves down to the barangay level.

“Karugtong na ‘yon (pag-ayos ng traffic) ng village empowerment e.
Kasi pagka nag-disburse ka ng resources ng gobyerno at naging
developed, nagkaroon ng livelihood sa mga malalayong lugar ay natural
lang na mag-a-alisan (ang mga tao),” Lacson explained.

[Fixing the traffic situation is attached to village empowerment.
Because when you disburse the resources of the government and it
results in development, livelihood for the people in distant places,
they will naturally move to those areas.]

Lacson indicated that he is not enthusiastic about adding more
infrastructure projects for Metro Manila since it already has too many
layers of skyways serving motorists across different cities to nearby
Luzon provinces.

“Kasi madaling sabihin na i-de-decongest natin, infrastructure, e wala
na tayong paglalagyan e. Naka-ilang layers na, malaking tulong na nga
‘yung interconnector,” he said, referring to the NLEX-SLEX connector
road project of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

[It is too easy to say we will decongest traffic through
infrastructure, but we are running out of space. We already have so
many layers of elevated highways. The interconnector is already a
great help.]

Through BRAVE, Lacson explained, Filipinos would have more options to
build a better life anywhere in the Philippines, making their frequent
complaints about traffic a thing of the past already, as signs of
progress could be achieved not only in big cities but also in the
provinces.

This budget-reform-oriented measure seeks to decentralize public funds
on various development and social services projects from the national
government to the LGUs with the end goal of spending taxpayers’ money
judiciously. (ai/mtvn)

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