By: ADELA GARAPAN IDA
Hon. Herbert M. Bautista, Quezon City Mayor had called for Press Conference at the Bulwagang Hall, Quezon City Hall, Monday, July 4, 2016.
At this juncture, Hon. Herbert Bautista made a presentation as regards to identified major problems that confronts Metro Manila most especially in Quezon City.
These major problems are the following: Flooding, Traffic Congestion, Informal Settlements, Degraded Anti-Squatting and Lack of classrooms.
Traffic congestion is one of the major problems in Metro Manila that must be given immediate solutions by our government officials and authorities.
According to reports, the government economy losses P2 billion pesos a day due to traffic congestion. That is why the Quezon City government and other agencies had come-up for solutions to solve this traffic problems. Quezon City would be the center of development and implementation of these proposed projects to be undertaken.
To ease the burdens of traffic congestion, Infrastructures would be constructed such as; Expressways, Roads, Sky ways and putting up of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) connected all over Metro Manila and its suburbs.
There would be 55,500 families affected for the implementation of the construction of Infrastructures. These families occupy both government and private properties and they would be relocated in the nearby towns and provinces. Negotiations between the families and the government have been initiated in order to give way for the implementation of these projects. The government would spent P 19,969 billions pesos for the relocation and constructions of housing units to affected families.
In order to expedite the funding and the implementation of these projects, Hon. Mayor expressed his beliefs that the government officials and authorities of the nearby towns and provinces of Metro Manila should be included and consulted as regards with its major undertakings considering that the beneficiaries and relocatees for demolition would be transferred and placed in their areas. The implementation of the projects have already started and the duration would take to three years or beyond.
The Hon. Mayor made into the records, that he is supportive with the new Administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. However, he commented that the two years Emergency Power given to the President is not enough for the government to sustain and fully attain the implementation of the programs and projects to be undertaken.