Gonzalez named new Metro Manila 'traffic czar'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 12 2011 11:10 PM | Updated as of Aug 14 2011 02:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A new official tasked to monitor vehicular traffic for the entire Metro Manila has been appointed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The new traffic director, lawyer Yves Gonzalez, will also focus on EDSA traffic in the mornings.

Gonzalez said the MMDA is chipping away at the problem.

Closed-circuit television cameras have been installed along EDSA to monitor the flow of traffic.

Several loading bays that used to impede traffic have been removed.

Gonzalez also vowed a tougher implementation of traffic rules, such as the yellow lane system.

“A lot of people they take the yellow lane. They swerve back to the private lane. And because of that, each time you do that, you cause a choke in the flow of traffic,” said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez revealed that the biggest challenge for enforcers is declining bribes from motorists.

“Halos araw-araw ‘yan. Kung talagang mahina ang pasensya mo, kukunin mo e. Pero kung matatag ka at gusto mo talaga magserbisyo sa publiko ng malinis, hindi mo gagawin ‘yun,” said Romeo Galo, deputy chief of EDSA traffic operations.

While the MMDA remains firm in the implementation of traffic rules, the agency admits that the traffic problem in Metro Manila will not be solved right away.

The agency calls on the public for their cooperation in helping solve the traffic issue. -- Report from Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News