All for show: Bishop twits MMDA chief directing traffic

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Posted at Aug 28 2015 02:49 PM | Updated as of Aug 29 2015 01:16 AM

MANILA - Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo is unimpressed with Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino's move to personally direct traffic in Quezon City and Mandaluyong amid the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Pabillo said Tolentino needs to come up with a sustainable solution to the traffic mess instead of moves that are just for show.

"Ano ba talaga ang kanyang long–term solution sa traffic sa Kamaynilaan?" asked the bishop.

"Yung pagta–trapik–trapik, pakitang tao lang ‘yan. Hindi naman masu–sustain yan. Pagpapakitang tao lang ‘yan at hindi ‘yan sustainable. Ang traffic dito ay hindi lang pantawag-pansin kundi ang sustainable na plano na mabawasan ‘yung traffic."

Pabillo, who is chairman of the CBCP permanent committee on public affairs, said the MMDA needs to show to the public concrete action plans to solve the traffic in Metro Manila.

"May kailangan gawin sa pamamalakad sa ating traffic. Ano ba talaga ang plano ng MMDA. Ilagay niya, ilahad niya, isulat niya at ihain niya sa mga tao para mabawasan yung traffic," he said.

Tolentino, who has come under fire over the traffic situation in Metro Manila, was seen personally directing traffic in Quezon City and Mandaluyong City this week.

He earlier rejected calls for his resignation, saying the public should help solve the traffic mess.

Some netizens were unimpressed with Tolentino's move. Others also called out the MMDA chief for failing to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle along EDSA.

Meanwhile, President Aquino said one of the "radical" proposals to solve traffic in Metro Manila is to implement an alternate odd-even scheme to ease traffic.

Aquino expects public opposition to the proposal and asked for cooperation as government implements the measures.

He identified the increasing number of vehicles on the road as a cause of heavy traffic.

"Malapit nang ipresenta sa akin ang iba't ibang plano para maibsan ang siksikan ng mga sasakyan. Ang akin po: Ang pinaka-radikal dito ay hatiin ang bilang ng bumibiyaheng sasakyan-salitan ang pagbabaybay ng odd at even na plaka sa ating mga kalsada kada linggo. Pihadong luluwang ang trapik dahil kalahati ng sasakyan ang mawawala, pero sigurado pong marami na namang aalma dahil hindi magagamit ang kotse nila," he said.

"Ganyan po ang kinakaharap natin. Sa paglaban sa baha, hanggang paglalatag ng imprastruktura, at maging sa pagsasaayos ng trapiko, ang namamayaning kaisipan ay ganito: 'Okay kami sa solusyon, okay kami sa konstruksiyon, huwag lang kami ang maiipit sa implementasyon.' Paano ho natin gagawin ang lahat kung sasabihin ng lahat na kailangan natin kapanamayan ay hindi dapat sa amin ang paggagawa niyan."