Newly-installed Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Danny Lim told lawmakers of the House Committee on Transportation that he is eyeing expanding the number coding scheme as a traffic mitigation measure.
Lim was asked by kawmakers what steps he is taking to address the worsening traffic situation in the country. that was when Lim revealed that he eyeing increasing the number of days a vehcile is banned from the streets from 1 day to 2 days under a revised number color coding scheme.
Currently vehicles with plate numbers ending in number 1, 2 are banned on Mondays; 3,4 banned on Tuesdays; 5,6 banned on Wednesdays; 7,8 banned on Thursdays; 9,0 banned on Fridays.
Lim proposes that vehicles be banned from streets on an additional day depending on their plate number ending. “pinagiisipan po natin with the support of the metro manila council of course yung mga mayors natin kung susuportahan nila pinagaaralan natin kung pwedeng imodify yung number coding scheme sa ngayon sa ngayon kasi di mo pwedeng gawin yung sasakyan mo ng isang araw sa isang linggo siguro pwede namang konting sakripisyo pa sa lahat vaka pwedeng gawing2 days out of every week ang di paggamit ngs asakyan sa ngayon kasi nagkataon nagsamamsama ang prublema dami ng saksakyan sabay sabay rin po ang ongoing na constructions”
Lim explained that based on MMDA figures, there are 2.5 to 2.6M vehicles in Metro Manila on any given day, accounting for 30% of all registered vehicles in the country. However the road network of metro manila only covers about 5% of the road network in the country—making the traffic problem in the capitol region attributable to vehicular volume.
Further complicating the problem the simultaneous road construction in different parts of the metropolis.
For his part, At the start of the hearing, Transportation Committee Chairman Cesar Sarmiento asked officials where are the traffic enforcers of the MMDA. “to the MMDA, please provide us your deployment plan and schedule and this committee will audit if there is an adequate number of enforcers present in their designated spots in the city.
Lim also revealed that they are going to be auditing their traffic enforcers to check their work. He also revealed that some of these enforcers have not been paid their salaries since February.
Lim revealed the absence of adequate traffic enforcers because many of them have not been paid their salaries for months now.”kulang talaga yung tao namin kulang ang suprota eh udnerpaid maraming traffic enforcers na 6 thousand kang isang buwan ang inuuwi. mababa na nga nadedelay pa dahil yung budget only cofers so manys a plantilla karagdagan umaasa road board na kung minsan nadedelay isang prublema na dinatnan marami tayong kasama na last tiem sumuweldo february pa kaya nawawalan tayo ng traffic enforcers sa edsa dahil what do y0u expect?”
Lim added, “take home pay of 6000 the last time they got paid was february sikmura na ng enforcers natin ang tinatamaan di naman tayo nanghihingi ng mataas. “
Lim said there are over 2000 MMDA traffic enforcers deployed in national roads under MMDA. however the MMDA needs more personnel. The DBM represnetative assured lawmakers they will look into the matter.
During the hearing lawmakers took turns asking transportation officials about their solutions to traffic and the advancedment of road and motor vehicle safety.
in his opening speech, Sarmiento said that according to the Philippine Statistics Authority, an average of 34 Filipinos are killed daily in road crashes. “for every road crash that happens, something could and should have been done to prevent it.” Sarmiento cited proepr screening of drivers, implementartion of road safety laws and the inspection of vehicles plying our roads. “we are saddened by the fact that the putting up of a motor vehicles inspection system is not an urgent priority of the Department of Transportation and the Land Transportation Office.
LTO assistant secretary Edgar Galvante told lawmakers that the MVIS is not working. “hindi po namaintain ito. i lament the condition of many of these napakamahal po nagoperate lang ng 2 years afterwards nagconk out na…and we had these 2 main MVIS sa NCR na na nung nagoperate di naupload angd ata na nakuha out of this suppsoedly di nag agree yung manufacturer ng nagsupply nito with the repsnet IT di napakanibangan ang nagather na data “
Galvante explained that the systems’s software was proprietary. the MVIS checks vehicles for roadworthiness and compliance with safety standards.
Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon also pointed out the need to have satndardized designs for road signages because the differences in the designs of existing signages have an effect on road safety. “ang road signages natin magkakaiba ang sizes. “
Sarmiento is eyeing proposing a law providing for a uniform design for signages to prevent accidents.
Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop got transport officials to admit that there are enough laws to prevent accidents and ensure road safety, but what is needed is implementation. “the problem lies with its omplementation so basically ang prublema nasa executive. we have enacted so many alws alreday but they are not implemented properly. “
Lim pointed out that the MDDA as a record of accidents per year since 2014 to 2016.
PNP Highway patrol showed that from January to May 2017, traffic nationwide was at over 13 thousand accidents nationwide. most of these happened daytime 8 thousand nighttime 4900. most of which are on national roads. fatal is 941 accidents, non fatal is 7741. the most accident pronce vehcile is autombile 8236 and motorcycles 4837. tricycles account for 1721 accidents, separate from the motorcycles. majority of these were caused by driver error. mehcnaical defect accounted for 906 incidents., accidents from road conditiones accounted numbered 990 .
the committee found out from LTFRB that as many as 200 drivers per session in one day are being handled in the driver’s academy for public utility vehicle drivers. Biazon however found the set up inadequate and said “”we’re trying to rebirth a new dirver in one day baka nagsing substaial compliance lang tayo para masabi na nag undergo sila ng training.”