Issue of August 4, 2019
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Baguio solon seeks inquiry on provincial bus ban at EDSA
by Press release

Baguio City Rep. Mark Go filed a House resolution 133 directing the appropriate House Committee to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the propriety of relocating the bus terminals from EDSA to Valenzuela, Parañaque, and Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

“The recent pronouncement of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to lift the suspension on the relocation of provincial bus terminals in EDSA and to implement a dry run on the second week of August is quite disturbing for our provincial commuters,” Go said in filing House Resolution 133.

He said the House Committee on Energy is yet to continue its hearing and discussion on the matter. 

During the 17th Congress, the committee required the MMDA to submit pertinent documents including the comprehensive plan on traffic mitigation.

To resolve the worsening traffic in EDSA and in line with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to close down all bus terminals along EDSA, the MMDA issued Resolution 19-002, “Prohibiting or revoking the issuance of business permits to all public utility bus terminals and operators and other public utility vehicle terminals and operators along EDSA,” on March 26, 2018.

Under the relocation plan, buses coming from the northern part shall end their routes in Valenzuela Gateway Center Integrated Terminal while routes from the south will have the Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange as their end point where the commuters can be transferred to metro-bound public utility vehicles. The plan is expected to reduce the number of provincial buses navigating the stretch of EDSA.

However, data from MMDA reveal that provincial buses cover only two percent of the estimated 300,000 to 400,000 daily vehicles traversing EDSA.

“Our people will struggle with the doubling of transport fare, causing them to dig deeper into their pockets. Likewise, they will be stressed with additional travel time, not to mention that more vehicles, as a result of the relocation, would cause further traffic in Metro Manila.” Go said.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said unless a temporary restraining order is issued, the provincial bus ban along EDSA shall be carried out.

“The MMDA should rethink their action and take into consideration the valid concern of our commuters on its implications, not only those from the Northern and Central Luzon but including those coming from the Southern Tagalog and Bicol regions,” Go said.

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