Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo denied on Tuesday, Oct. 8, that Metro Manila currently experiences a mass transportation crisis.
Panelo said that commuters can still reach their destination and ride various modes of transportation.
“Ano ba ang ibig nilang sabihin ng transportation crisis? Ang nakikita ko lang traffic hindi ‘yung transport na iyon, mayroong transportation naman ah. Nakakasakay naman tayo lahat,” he said during press briefing in Malacanang.
Panelo also offered a solution for people to reach their destination earlier.
“May solusyon naman doon eh. If you want to go, arrive early in your destination, then you go there earlier,” the Palace official told reporters.
However, Panelo admitted that rail systems all over Metro Manila should improve their services and conduct regular maintenance. He particularly mentioned the Light Rail Transit System Line-2 (LRT-2) which has not resumed full operation after its two power rectifier substations caught fire on Thursday, Oct. 3, between Santolan and Katipunan stations.
So far, LRT-2 has only started partial operations along Cubao to Recto stations and back. The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) expects that they can restore full operations in the train line after six months at least.
“Ang solusyon dun, there should be improvement in the LRT kung anong problema nila why it’s bogging down. So, ibig sabihin, maintenance ang problema, you’re not maintaining it properly. So, I think the management of LRT should know how to respond to this,” the Malacanang spokesperson insisted.
“Hindi naman pupuwedeng forever tayong ganito. As I’ve said, if the problem is on the kind of transport we have, then there is a solution to that. You change the mean of transportation itself or if there is a problem 0n the operation with respect to its spare parts, hindi rin problema ‘yun; madali ring gawan ng paraan. I cannot understand why they cannot do that. If they cannot do that, then there’s something wrong with management,” Panelo stressed.
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. insisted on Monday, Oct. 7, that Metro Manila currently experiences a mass transport crisis.
The militant leader said that there are not enough trains in Metro Manila to ferry commuters to work and school. He also noted that the operations of LRT-1, LRT-2, and the Metro Rail Transit System Line 3 experienced technical problems that disrupted their operations.