PHL economy loses P4.1B daily due to traffic problem in Metro Manila, says DOTr official

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According to a transportation official, the Philippines’ economy loses P4.1 billion daily due to the traffic problem in the country’s capital, Metro Manila.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon said on Monday that his statement is based on the 2017 study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

When compared to the last study which was held in 2014, the figure have almost doubled (P2.4 billion a day) to P4.1 billion a day.

De Leon said that the traffic problem in Metro Manila has continued to deteriorate because of poor public transportation.

“Kaya lumalaki ang congestion levels kasi iyong mga tao will not opt to use public transportation, kaya dumadami iyong traffic natin… kasi nga napaka-inconvenient ng ating public transportation,” he said. [The congestion levels are getting worse because the people will not opt to use public transportation because of its inconvenience].

Meanwhile, in the Senate hearing on the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program, De Leon was one of the resource persons.

De Leon assured the Senate public services committee that the Filipinos will be provided with safer and comfortable mode of transportation with the implementation of PUV modernization program.