By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said the only solution to the city’s traffic woes is to add more public transport for commuters.
In an ambush interview with reporters after his first State of the City Address (SOCA) late Tuesday afternoon, Sotto lamented that the city’s traffic problems are difficult to solve.
“Traffic is dynamic. We all know that Pasig is where motorists pass through,” Sotto said. “It is very difficult to solve the problem. And to be honest, the only solution is really adding more public transport.”
In an online post last August 9, Sotto noted that traffic in Metro Manila, particularly in Pasig, will continue to worsen “unless we lessen the demand for cars.”
“This means a greater focus on moving people rather than private vehicles. This means incorporating more non-car modes of transportation in our long-term plans,” he explained.
Aside from easing the condition of traffic along the city’s inner and major roads, Sotto said the local government is focusing right now on its traffic enforcers.
During his 40-minute SOCA, Sotto said that over 600 traffic enforcers have undergone the Continuing Professional Training Program in the past two months. The program trains enforcers on traffic rules and regulations, and the proper interaction with motorists.
The city government, he said, has also rolled out around 190 body cameras for enforcers in a bid to discourage extortion.
The mayor also noted that it is important to coordinate with other local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila, as well as LGUs in the Province of Rizal to ease the traffic condition in the metropolis.
“In fact, around 70 percent of motorists that pass through the main roads in Pasig are not residents of Pasig,” he said.