2 solons back prov’l buses ban on EDSA

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) stood firm on its decision to ban provincial bus on EDSA as two lawmakers backed the agency’s move and asked the public to give the proposal a chance.

At yesterday’s public hearing conducted by House Committee in Transportation, Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza and Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said the public should give the proposal a chance. They said this could be a way to solve the perennial traffic on EDSA.

The MMDA earlier said banning of provincial buses on EDSA is one of the solutions to decongest Metro Manila. It issued Regulation No. 19-002 in March, which effectively revoked the business permits of provincial bus terminals. The closure of terminal is set to be implemented by June.

However, Ako Bicol party-list expressed opposition and filed a resolution questioning the proposal.

Pimentel believed that the MMDA conducted its own studies before coming up with the provincial bus ban.

“We are always barking at the government agencies na kung bakit hindi mabigyan ng solution ang problema sa traffic. It has caused [a] great effect on the economy and other problems,” Pimentel said. “Ang akin lang, ito na nga, naghahanap tayo ng solusyon, may solusyon ang MMDA. Eh bakit hindi natin pagbigyan so that we could see [the outcome]? Pimentel added.