Con­gres­sional can­di­date calls Ba­colod City traf ic 'in­tol­er­a­ble’

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For­mer Ba­colod City Mayor Mon­ico Puentevella crit­i­cized the cur­rent city gov­ern­ment on its han­dling of traf­fic, call­ing the sit­u­a­tion “in­tol­er­a­ble.”

“Dur­ing my time, the traf­fic was not re­ally a prob­lem; and now you have to bring in the MMDA (Met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity)?” he ques­tioned. “It’s an in­sult that the MMDA was called in!”

Puentevella pointed out, Metro Manila is “one of the worst” when it comes to traf­fic.

Last year, a study by the Bos­ton Con­sult­ing Group found Metro Manila has the third-worst traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in South­east Asia be­hind Bangkok, Thai­land and Jakarta, In­done­sia. They also project the city to reach “stand­still lev­els,” or a sit­u­a­tion where ve­hi­cles op­er­ate at less than 10 kilo­me­ters per hour, by 2022.

The for­mer mayor said the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion is an in­di­ca­tion vot­ers must “change the ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

He also cited Davao City as an ex­am­ple, point­ing out, the city does not have over­passes or un­der­passes yet they

are able to man­age their traf­fic sit­u­a­tion. Mean­while, Puentevella, who is run­ning in the up­com­ing 2019 midterm elec­tions for Ba­colod City lone dis­trict rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said if he were to be elected lone dis­trict con­gress­man next year, a po­si­tion he held from

2001 to 2010, he would de­mand the re­moval of the city’s dis­trict en­gi­neer, as well as call an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the “re­gional-level higher ups” of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways./

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