Philippine Daily Inquirer - - LETTERS -

One year af­ter the as­sump­tion into of­fice by Pres­i­dent Duterte, the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in Metro Manila has wors­ened. The Duterte in­flu­ence is not felt in the me­trop­o­lis.

I am par­tic­u­larly con­cerned with the area where our schools are lo­cated, that is, from Com­mon­wealth Av­enue to Quirino High­way to Mali­gaya area, No­valiches in Que­zon City.

The area abounds with il­le­gal side­walk ven­dors, il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles and pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles that load and un­load pas­sen­gers even in the mid­dle of the street.Task Force Com­mon­wealth, which an­nounces through its bill­boards that com­plaints may be brought to their at­ten­tion, is sleep­ing on its job.

At Sam­pa­guita Street, Mali­gaya Park, Pa­song Pu­tik, Que­zon City near Saint Fran­cis Xavier School, the “tal­i­papa” has en­croached on the street such that it is al­most a one-way street. The sit­u­a­tion is a con­stant haz­ard to stu­dents and pedes­tri­ans and the cause of reg­u­lar ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dents in the area.

The il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in the area I men­tioned could be caused by graft and cor­rup­tion. I mean it is pos­si­ble that law en­forcers in the area, es­pe­cially the barangay of­fi­cials, close their eyes to the il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in the area in con­sid­er­a­tion of sums of money.

The Duterte ef­fect should be felt in the area I men­tioned if the present ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ally means busi­ness in pur­su­ing the ad­vo­cacy of change. As of now, I can say that change has not come yet. DR. CA­RINA DACANAY, ad­min­is­tra­tor/prin­ci­pal, Good Shep­herd Cathe­dral School, Omega cor­ner Rado Streets, Fairview Park, Que­zon City

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