With no solution to Metro Manila traffic woes in sight, a lawmaker has filed a resolution calling for the creation of an inter-agency council that would spearhead efforts to solve the problem.

The House Committee on Transportation approved House Resolution 353, seeking to establish a Traffic Crisis Inter-Agency Management Council. Committee chair Samar Rep. Edgar Sarmiento noted the consistent findings that Philippines ranks high among Asian countries with the worst traffic.

The 2019 Traffic Index showed the Philippines as the fifth-ranked country in Asia, and the first-ranked country in South East Asia in terms of traffic.

Major government agencies, namely the Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Metro Manila Development Authority. Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group, will make up the proposed council
Sarmiento’s resolution underscored the urgency of harmonizing transport and traffic policies being implemented by various government agencies in order to solve the traffic crisis gripping Metro Manila.

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