Philippines, Singapore Ink Deal To Manage Metro Manila Traffic
Ringo | On 07, Sep 2017
The Philippines and Singapore just inked a deal to unravel the traffic jams in the metro.
The memorandum of understanding, which was signed by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise chief executive Kong Wy Mun, will give Singapore the rights to help the Philippines to develop an “intelligent transport system” (ITS).
The system is designed to control traffic as well as monitor and manage congestion and road accidents.
Among the measures that are being considered are the “congestion charging” and “quota system” for car owners.
“You have a limited number of space, you have a lot of vehicles on the road, definitely you have to reduce. How to do it, whether (by) congestion pricing, number coding, quota system, there are short terms and long-term solutions,” said Mr. Orbos.
Kong, on the other hand, suggested the government to provide a better transport system so people will be encouraged to leave their cars.
“For that to happen, you need a public transport that can actually deliver, that people can use,” said Kong.
The Metro Manila has a daytime population of roughly 14 million. About 90% uses the public transport but there are only 15,000 buses, 48,000 jeepneys, 27,000 taxis and 50 km of rail.
Among the suggested addition transportation are the “bus rapid system” and MRT lines.