A COMMUTER’S group urged the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to reconsider its proposal to shut down all provincial bus terminals on EDSA.
Lawyer Ariel Inton jr., founder of Lawyer for Commuters Safety and Protection (LCSP) also clarified that they are not opposing the proposal of MMDA to close all terminals on EDSA. He said MMDA should consider first the welfare of commuters that would be affected with the plan.
“Tama po ang proposal ng MMDA. Pero sana isipin muna itong mabuti bago ipatupad dahil libu-libong pasahero ang apektado dito kung biglang isasara ang mga terminals,” Inton said. “For sure baka nga marami din mga employees ng agency at mga nasa gobyerno ang umuuwi sa Bulacan, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite at mga adjacent places apektado kapag sinara na ang mga terminal.”
Earlier, Ako Bicol Partylist Representative Atty. Bobby Ang aired opposition over the plan of MMDA to close all provincial bus terminals by June in a bid to decongest EDSA.
Ang said the removal of bus terminals would cause more inconvenience to commuters, especially those who are coming from the southern area of Luzon.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said the Metro Manila Council (MMC) has approved a resolution to no longer issue permits to bus terminals and they are about to implement a dry run after Holy Week in April to prepare the operators and commuters before it would take effect on June.
Rep. Ang said he will draft a resolution requiring the MMDA officials to explain the implementation of their move.
The MMDA said bus terminals will relocated to Parañaque, Sta. Rosa City, and Valenzuela City and commuters will have to transfer to Metro Manila-bound public utility vehicles to reach their destination.
With Edd Reyes