Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo believes that the Build, Build, Build Program, the mass-infrastructure program of the administration under President Rodrigo Duterte, can resolve the traffic problems in Metro Manila.
Panelo stressed on Friday, Oct. 11, that the infrastructure in the Philippines is behind by 20 years.
“Infrastructure ang problema natin. We’re 20 years behind. Siguro kapag na in-place na yung infrastructure natin, gaganda na ang ating traffic situation,” the Palace official said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.
Panelo on Friday commuted from his child’s home in New Manila to Malacanang after being challenged by the group Anakbayan. He arrived at the Presidential Palace after an almost 4-hour trip.
After completing the commute challenge, the Malacanang spokesperson said that the government knows the traffic situation in the Philippines and does not need to take the public transportation to become aware of the plight of commuters.
Panelo said that he only took the challenge to debunk critics who claim that government officials do not know the everyday situation of commuters.
“Hindi mo na kailangan sumakay para alamin yung pagdaranas. Kasi unang-una, kaming nasa pwesto, kami’y mga laking kalye. Pinagkalakihan na namin ang bus, tricycle at jeep. Kaya ordinaryo sa amin iyon,” he said.
Panelo also assured the public that the Department of Transportation, led by Sec. Arthur Tugade, and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, led by chairperson Danilo Lim, knows how to solve the traffic problem in the Philippines.
However, due to the magnitude of the problem, the Palace spokesperson said that resolving it ‘will take time’.
“Alam na nila ang problema at alam na nila ang dapat gagawin. Ginagawan nila ng paraan pero masyadong malaki ang problema. It will take time,” the Palace official said.