Cubao to Makati in 5 mins? Don't take Duterte remark literally, says MMDA chief

Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 11 2019 03:05 PM | Updated as of Jun 11 2019 03:12 PM

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement that travel along EDSA between Cubao and Makati City be cut to 5 minutes should not be taken literally, the official in charge of traffic in the Philippine capital said Tuesday.

"Don't take that literal," Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim said.

"Huwag tayo mag-concentrate sa 5 minutes. Ang ibig sabihin ng Pangulo, umasa tayo ng malaking pagbabago," he told reporters.

(Let's not concentrate on the figure 5 minutes. What the President meant is that we should expect a big change.)

A 60-kph speed limit is in effect on EDSA, the capital's main highway. To cover the 12.8-kilometer stretch of the highway from Cubao to Makati in 5 minutes, vehicles will need to move at 155 kilometers per hour, which is too fast, MMDA Special Operations Group head Bong Nebrija earlier said.

Several infrastructure projects are in place to cut travel time in the metropolis, including the C-5 Road extension and a road that will connect the northern and southern Luzon expressways, Lim said.

An inter-agency task force was also recently created to ease traffic from Cubao to Makati, he said.