DOTr tells agencies: No traffic plan, no construction

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 16 2016 06:41 PM

MANILA - The Department of Transportation's infrastructure projects all have accompanying plans to ensure traffic in the area will not be disturbed during construction, an official assured.

Assistant Secretary Cesar Chavez revealed to Mornings@ANC on Wednesday that this is upon the instruction of Secretary Arthur Tugade.

"All infrastructure projects under the Department of Transportation and all attached agencies, [sic] before its implementation, should have a clear traffic management plan. Otherwise, the Secretary will not approve," he said.

Under the Duterte administration, several railway projects may be constructed, including a line that will connect the Diliman campus of University of the Philippines to Quiapo in Manila.

The project, which will be a combination of underground and viaduct railways, will traverse through Elliptical Road, Quezon Avenue, España, and Lerma. "This is a 10-kilometer project to be finished in three and a half years," said Chavez.

Recently approved is a public-private partnership (PPP) project for the Philippine National Rail (PNR) South Line from Tutuban to Los Baños, Laguna.

"We’re expecting that this will also be finished within the term of the president," he said.

The government is also studying "Line 5", which will connect the business districts in Makati City, Taguig, and Pasay City. Chavez noted that this would be "very, very critical" to the public because it can accommodate plenty of passengers everyday.

Chavez added, their plan is for every station, as much as possible, to have a commercial complex which can serve as an intermodal passenger terminals as well as a multi-level parking to allow private car owners to "park-and-ride."

He added, there are bills pending in both Houses of Congress to have a "Rail Regulatory Board" that will determine "whether the price is sufficient, the price is affordable to commuters."