EDSA (file photo by JAM STA. ROSA)

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has instructed his cabinet secretaries to present their proposals on how to alleviate the country’s situation. worsening of the traffic crisisaccording to the secretary of the National Economy and Development Authority (Neda), Arsenio Balisacan, on Thursday.

Marcos held a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday in Malacañang, where traffic congestion and the country's economic prospects were discussed.

'Transit capital of the world'

“The President has instructed everyone to present their recommendations – how their respective offices will adjust and configure their work environment,” Balisacan said.

“But what the President really wants is a comprehensive and holistic approach to solving the traffic problem – not the piecemeal approach as has been the case all these years,” he noted.

Balisacan was attended by Education Secretary and Vice President Sara Duterte, Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu-Laurel Jr., Commerce Secretary Alfredo Pascual, Finance Secretary Ralph Recto and Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo.

Balisacan cited adequate planning of the country's transportation system.

“We should look at the intermodal transportation system and see how efficiently they work as a whole. We are now building the subway. We are building other expressways, bridges connecting Bataan and Cavite and so on,” Balisacan said.

“But these have to be seen in the context of all other transport systems, including cycle paths, cycle paths… like that, as well as local roads, and including the location of industries, residences and so on,” he explained.

TO READ: Manila currently holds the title of 'worst metro traffic in the world'

Metro Manila has earned the title for the world's worst traffic in a metropolitan area, according to a traffic research firm.

On average, drivers take a total of 25 minutes and 30 seconds for a 10-kilometer trip.


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