MANILA - The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged the government to determine if the bus bans in Manila, particularly in EDSA, are pro-poor.
National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA) chairman Manila Auxiliary Bishop Jose Bagaforo said the public should not be made to sacrifice to provide comfort for the rich and their private vehicles.
“Ang pananaw po natin sa mga pulisiya ng pamahalaan, sa pag-unlad ng ekonomiya ay tingnan po natin kung ano ang dating nito para sa mahihirap. Ano ang magiging epekto nito sa mahihirap? Kaya itong pagbabawal ng transportation dito sa city ay tingnan natin ano bang effect nito sa kabuhayan?” Bagaforo told Radio Veritas.
He said the system being implemented might also cause discomfort for persons with disabilities.
While there is a need to institute changes to the traffic system, this should not be to the detriment of the public, he said.