Suarez wants 3-digit number coding for the holidays

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 22 2016 06:47 AM

MANILA - House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is batting for a 3-digit number coding scheme for the holidays to help ease traffic congestion.

Suarez made the pitch in a privilege speech Monday.

"We implore the Department of Transportation to temporarily implement this new 3-digit coding scheme from Mondays to Fridays while the 2-digit scheme be resumed during weekends in anticipation of the holiday traffic," Suarez said.

"Before December comes in, the DOTr should have a prescribed schedule of banned vehicles per day. This must be implemented until the end of the Three Kings Day celebration, when we will revert to the 2-digit number coding scheme," he added

Suarez's suggestion comes at the heels of the DOTr's adoption of his proposal to remove the window hours for the number coding scheme. Suarez also cited the increasing number of vehicles.

"The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. reported that there was an increase in sales for both passenger and commercial vehicles last October," Suarez explained.

"Passenger car sales reached 11499 units, showing a 2.3% growth compared to the same month last year while the commercial vehicle sales rose by 8.6% with 19633 units sold compared to the same month last year. the cumulative increase in the number of new vehicles is expected to aggravate the traffic in most areas in the metro," he added.