Senator Alan Peter Cayetano urged his colleagues at the Senate to immediately grant President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to end the traffic mess in Metro Manila.
Cayetano said the longer it takes for Congress to grant emergency powers to Duterte, the longer it will take to resolve the country’s perennial traffic and congestion problem.
“Every one month that you do not grant the emergency powers means an additional three to six months on the implementation of infrastructure projects,” he said.
“Marami kasi sa ating kapwa senador ang nag-iisip na kung one month delay, one month lang (Many of our fellow senators think that a month of delay means just one month). We need to explain na hindi ganun (it’s not like that). The earlier the President gets the emergency powers, the momentum of real change will be faster,” he added.
Cayetano also appealed to the members of the House of Representatives to fast-track the passage of a counterpart bill.
Cayetano earlier filed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 999 or the “Freedom from Traffic and Congestion Act of 2016” which seeks to authorize the President and heads of transport-related executive agencies to utilize necessary resources and employ executive actions to address the crisis.
He said SBN 999 will empower the executive branch to override various transport agencies’ regulations, licenses, and procedures, exercise right of eminent domain by expropriating private property, and be exempted from procurement laws and Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs), which usually delay infrastructure projects.