Cardinal Tagle suggests ways to ease traffic problems in Metro Manila

MANILA, Aug. 26 (PNA) — Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle voiced out measures which can be implemented to address the worsening traffic problem in Metro Manila.

In an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas, Tagle said urban planning, vehicle regulation and right behavior are the solutions to the deteriorating conditions in the metropolis.

“Nananawagan po tayo sa mga may responsibilidad sa tinatawag po nating urban planning, sana po ang pag-aayos, pagpaplano ng ating mga siyudad, nang ating mga kalye ay maging isang prayoridad upang ang ating buhay ay maging maginhawa,” Tagle said.

He also urged the government to regulate the release of new vehicles which is dubbed to be among the causes of the problem.

“Ipatupad ang pagkontrol sa paglalabas ng mga bagong sasakyan upang mabawasan ang bilang nito sa lansangan. Konting realistic, kung alam naman natin na ang kalyeng ito na ang dadaloy dito ay limang libong sasakyan sana naman mayroon tayong pamamaraan na pagmonitor. Ang kaya lang ng kalye ay 5-libong sasakyan pero 50-libo na ang nakasiksik, paano pa aandar ‘yan?” the Cardinal added.

At the same time, Tagle called on the government to make the mass transport system in the National Capital Region (NCR) such as the MRT and LRT more efficient.

“Sana mapaayos ang ating public transport system, ang train, ang MRT, ang buses, kasi kung ang mga iyan ay maayos at dumadaloy siguro naman pati ang may sariling sasakyan ay maeenganya, puwede naman palang hindi ako magdala ng sasakyan ng sariling kotse dahil efficient ang public transportation,” the head of the Archbishop of Manila said.

Tagle also noted the Filipinos’ way of dealing with traffic as a reflection of their personalities.

“Ang ating traffic po ay larawan din ng ating mga ugali, tayo ba ay mapagbigay, tayo ba ay mainitin ang ulo, tayo ay laging nag-uunahan o tayo ay may kakayahan na magbigayan,” he added.

Last Sunday, retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales had to help in traffic management when he got stuck in traffic in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. (PNA)