MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte wants roads in the country's biggest cities cleared of illegally parked vehicles as he directs local agencies to ensure a smoother traffic flow.
In his second State of the Nation Address, Duterte said road and bridge projects of the government will mean nothing if these continue to be filled by illegally parked vehicles.
"I am directing the [Metro Manila Development Authority] and [local government units] of Metro Manila as well as the LGUs of Metro Cebu and all other regional centers to ensure the flow of traffic and immediately clear our roads and thoroughfares of all unnecessary obstruction including vehicles parked on the streets," he said.
Duterte said even before he assumed office, traffic in major roads such as EDSA has already been "horrendous."
Duterte is eyeing to generate a golden age of infrastructure under his term with big-ticket projects such as roads, airports, and bridges.
The President also reiterated the government's plan to increase government spending on infrastructure from 5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 7 percent by 2022 amounting to a total of P8 trillion-P9 trillion.
"We’re going to build, build, and build," he said.
The President added that the government will operate 15 new roro (roll in-roll out) vehicles to ply major nautical routes.