Palace official acknowledges efforts of HPG, MMDA to ease traffic congestion

Commuters still opt to take the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) instead of braving the traffic on EDSA on Tuesday despite the reported improvement on the flow of traffic along the major thoroughfare. The Highway Patrol Group said it is still adjusting on their second day of managing traffic on EDSA. (MNS photo)

Commuters still opt to take the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) instead of braving the traffic on EDSA on Tuesday despite the reported improvement on the flow of traffic along the major thoroughfare. The Highway Patrol Group said it is still adjusting on their second day of managing traffic on EDSA. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras on Wednesday acknowledged the “hard work and continuous efforts” of the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority for working together to address the traffic situation in the metropolis.

In a statement, Almendras said the complex problem “requires the ‘whole of government’ approach”, which also involves other agencies such as the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Transportation and Communications, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and Land Transportation Office.

“The past two days are proof that the initial steps being taken to ease the traffic situation were effective, and government will continue to strive to improve our interaction and interoperability among concerned government agencies,” he said in the statement.

The Cabinet Secretary also urged the public to follow traffic rules and regulations.

“We continue to appeal to the public for their cooperation in following traffic rules and regulations that greatly impact on traffic flow and management,” he said.

Almendras has been tasked by President Benigno S. Aquino III to coordinate with agencies to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila, especially along the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue. (MNS)

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