By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Nancy Binay on Friday urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to stop experimenting on the commuting public, saying it is high time the agency carries out tried and tested transport plans for them amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Binay made the appeal as she called out the DOTr for the seemingly unsafe and poorly planned measures being implemented by the agency for commuters who have returned to work since the government announced a shift to general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila.
“This is not the time to stretch experiments. Improving mobility and maximizing space are important, but spending on costly experiments that we know are bound to fail is totally unnecessary especially now that we are short on funds,” Binay said in a statement.
Binay reiterated chaos and travel miseries will continue to confront the commuting public under GCQ or MGCQ until no holistic and realistic public transport plan is put in place.
“Sana try din nilang testingin yung kanilang science projects sa EDSA—para kasing virtual experiment ang ginagawa sa mga mananakay (I hope they test their science projects in EDSA—it seems they are doing some virtual experiment on commuters),” she lamented.
“Wag na po nating ipilit yung mga hilaw at minadaling plano sa EDSA (Let’s not insist on untested and rushed plans for EDSA), which placed public safety as a secondary concern. Di po EDSA ang classroom sa online learning,” she noted.
The senator also questioned the DOTr’s plan to place bus stops in the middle lane of EDSA.
She said such plan would not only cause safety concerns for passengers but also needs infrastructure that would not be readily built.
“Papaano naman yung mga pasahero? Saan sila tatawid para makapunta sa gitna ng EDSA? Lalo din papahirapan nito ang ating mga senior citizen at PWDs (What would happen to the passengers? Where will they cross to reach the middle of EDSA? They will make it more harder for the senior citizens and persons with disabilities),” Binay lamented.
“What we see now are totally unrealistic and impractical transport plans. Our workers and the commuting public don’t deserve this kind of treatment. Ang nakakaloka, halos linggu-linggo ay may bagong ganap sa EDSA,” she pointed out.