Solon seeks TRO vs provincial bus ban

ANOTHER solon from the Bicol region moved to stop the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from banning  provincial buses from EDSA.

In filing a petition before the Supreme Court, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda has sought a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the transfer of provincial buses about 39 kilometers away from EDSA saying the latest project of the MMDA is “anti-majoritarian, anti-proletarian, and anti-commuter.”

Salceda said the MMDA project is not the right solution to the traffic problem of Metro Manila and instead, would only cause “great economic disruption, inconvenience, expenses and damages to multitudes of commuters to and from as far as the Visayas and the Bicol region”.

He said the ban would cause additional burden and inconvenience to provincial commuters, especially students, traders and workers with relatives in Metro Manila who will have to transfer from one transportation to another.

“The MMDA will ban 6,000 northbound and southbound provincial buses from plying EDSA but will in turn, allow the entry of close to 20,000 assorted vehicles along the same route, among them some 14,000 new, black painted taxis, to service these provincial commuters. How then can it be called a solution to the traffic problem?” he said.

The MMDA is set to implement the ban on June 1, which it said will solve the traffic problems in Metro Manila, particularly on EDSA. “Super terminals” will be opened in Santa Rosa, Laguna and in Valenzuela for vehicles servicing South-bound and North-bound commuters.

Salceda said the “idiocy” of the EDSA Provincial Bus Ban emanates from the acknowledgement of MMDA Traffic Manager Bong Nebrija that MMDA through the Metro Manila Council (MMC) formulated the EDSA Bus Ban without any public consultation in January 2019.

“There are 2.8 million cars in the National Capital Region plying EDSA versus only 6,000 provincial buses, sino kaya nagpapa-traffic (who do you think is actually causing traffic)?” the solon also said.