Palace on suggestions to ease traffic: ‘They should be market driven’

February 18, 2014 10:18 pm 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Feb 18 (PNA) — While suggestions to ease traffic in Metro Manila continue to mushroom, Malacanang on Tuesday said that these suggestions should be market driven in order for it to succeed.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in a Palace briefing, raised the issue following the proposal of Senator Ralph Recto to revive the Pasig River ferry service which closed in 2011.

“The problem of the ferry was that it lacked passengers,” Coloma said in Filipino. “If it lacks passengers, how could it be a justifiable investment to any proponents?”

Coloma, who was former Undersecretary for the Department of Transportation and Communications, however said that while the population increases, there will be other ways to offer service in public transportation.

“It is more favorable that this service is market driven because if we subsidize it, it will be another sacrifice on the part of the taxpayers despite their not being able to completely benefit from it,” he said.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairperson Francis Tolentino meanwhile said that the agency was already set to handle operations of the ferry service by April until a private company takes over.

He hoped that the ferry service will be an option for commuters while the construction of two major infrastructure projects: the Skyway 3 extension and Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway Phase 2 continue. (PNA)



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