Former traffic czar: I can solve traffic mess in a month


Posted at Sep 12 2015 02:05 PM | Updated as of Sep 12 2015 10:09 PM

MANILA - "Isang buwan lang."

Former traffic czar Romeo Maganto on Saturday said he can solve the worsening traffic situation on EDSA and other roads in Metro Manila within a month.

Maganto, a retired police general, was appointed traffic czar during the Ramos administration.

Speaking to radio dzMM, he said he can ease the plight of motorists and commuters, who have been complaining of congested roads and inefficient transport systems.

That is, he said, if he is appointed traffic manager by Malacañang.

"Ito'y medyo may konting kayabangan pero kaya ko namang gawin eh... Kung may magagawa tayo sa ating mga kababayan at nakikita nating makakaya naman natin, why not do it?" Maganto said.

"I am challenging Malacañang, assign me as your traffic manager... I will solve the traffic problem within a month's time. Isang buwan lang. Pag hindi ko nagawa I will resign the following day."

(READ: PH has the 5th worst traffic in the world: survey)

Maganto managed the traffic during the construction of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) along EDSA in 1995 as well as during the papal visit of Saint Pope John Paul II that same year.

He was also the first to implement the color coding traffic scheme.

Since Monday, traffic management duties on EDSA have been handled by the Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG).

The HPG continues to be supported by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), as well as the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).