MANILA - The House Committee on Transportation on Wednesday presented the revised Traffic Crisis Act proposal to stakeholders.
Committee chair Cesar Sarmiento defended the panel's recommendation that the transportation secretary be designated as the traffic chief under the proposed law.
Sarmiento made the statement amid criticisms and suggestions that another official be designated as traffic chief.
In an interview, Sarmiento reasoned that the act covers other metropolitan areas in the country.
He said solving the traffic crisis requires a more comprehensive approach.
"Dito sa propsoed bill natin, DOTr kasi di lang po Metro Manila kasi. Ito, ang coverage niya eh to include Metro Cebu and Metro Davao and may mga suggestions, I even read in the papers, 'yung former chairman ng MMDA, na dapat sa MMDA na lang dito sa panukalang ito. Pinunuan namin yung kakulangan ng nakaraan sa MMDA kasi wala silang police power. Dito sa proposed bill, may police power sila, may ngipin sila," explained Sarmiento.
(In the proposed bill, we chose DOTr [Department of Transportation] because the act covers Metro Cebu and Metro Davao as well. I read on papers that a former MMDA chair suggested that the MMDA be the lead agency for this. We are trying to fill in the past administration's shortcomings. The MMDA does not possess police power. We need police power to better implement traffic rules.)