MANILA - Social media users react on the possible consequences commuters and motorists alike will have to get used to in the coming years following the announcement that main roads in Metro Manila will undergo rehabilitation starting this year.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Wednesday warned that the 2-year long project may cause traffic until it reaches completion by 2016.
TV Patrol asked its social media followers if they are willing to endure traffic at EDSA, with the promise that the roads and traffic flow will improve.
Netizens replied with mixed views. Some were appalled by the length of time DPWH needs to complete the project, while most said they were willing to wait as long as it will promise lesser traffic in EDSA.
Chrizel Lozano said that road widening wouldn't be a problem if private motorists are willing to use public transport for the meantime.
“Hindi sana magiging problema ang road widening… kung kaya naman mag-commute. Ang iba kasi, gamit lang ang sasakyan sa pamporma. Dagdag sikip lang tuloy sa kalsada.”
On a similar view, Felix de Barrio said that public transport should be likened to other countries, wherein they have trains that can accommodate huge numbers of passengers with no delay.
“Latagan ng riles yan at lagyan ng tren na mahaba, gaya sa Tokyo at New York.”
Michael Garcia believes that vehicle users should be more understanding of the situation as it will cause better traffic flow in Metro Manila.
“Dapat pang habaan ang pasensya at unawa kung ang kapalit naman nito ay maayos na kalsada.”
Giving credit to the government is Jose Leal, who said that he is glad that efforts are now felt through visible projects.
“Ayos lang at least nagtatrabaho ang gobyerno.”
Over on Twitter, Angeli Datoy agrees that it is alright to wait as long as those two years are used well.
Lis Pilares said that re-routing schemes should be clearly planned out before DPWH starts the project.
Recalling the period when the LRT-2 was still being constructed, Jernalie Dumapay said that there is no reason to be impatient about the time-frame, since waiting worked out well for commuters who now uses LRT-2.
Like most users who replied positively about the situation, Marianne Barrios said that it is alright to endure the effects of the road project, as long as there will be no more traffic in EDSA by 2016.