During the first wave of High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) traffic scheme of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA), Buhay Partylist Representative Lito Atienza criticized the enforcers who are just punishing motorists instead of focusing on the objective of the newly implemented scheme.
The HOV traffic scheme prohibits vehicles carrying only a driver from passing through EDSA during rush hour, between 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., on weekdays in order to lessen the traffic in Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare. Under MMDA Regulation No. 18-005, violators will be fined P1,000 once the measure is fully implemented.
In an interview with dzRH’s Damdaming Bayan, Atienza blamed the leadership of MMDA when it comes to the interminable traffic in Metro Manila. He also condemned the enforcers who blindly allow the illegal acts of motorists in exchange for money as a form of extortion or kotong. The former Manila mayor urged the agency to keep an eye on their war against corruption since it highly affects the community of motorist in the country, which also includes the responsibility of the local government units regarding the matter.
He noted that there’s one “giant terminal” on Buendia near Taft Avenue. Buendia (now Gil Puyat Avenue), he said, was widened by the government, spending billions of pesos – only to make half of it into a bus terminal.
“They are doing give and take pero ang tawag ko dyan ay korapsyon,” Atienza said.
He also added,”Unahin muna natin linisin ang ating tahanan bago punahin ang ating kapitbahay kasi ang law enforcement at corruption nagiging isa. Asikasuhin natin ito dahil ang taong bayan naman ang nahihirapan sa mga ganitong proyekto ng gobyerno.”
According to Atienza, the mayors of the LGU should be responsible in removing all the junk dealers that are blocking the way along the road. The recent incident on Roxas Boulevard wherein junks of garbage were piled along the highway due to heavy rain had also been one of the caused of intense traffic around the vicinity during that day.
The MMDA started on Wednesday a dry-run of its HOV scheme that led to the arrest of at least 3,000 single motorists passing through EDSA during rush hour. Through this, the MMDA hopes to encourage motorists using Edsa to carpool.