DOTr submits Traffic Congestion Crisis Act of 2016 draft bill

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has submitted a 64-pages bill entitled "Traffic Congestion Crisis Act of 2016 which aims to give emergency powers to the President for up to three years as well as to address the traffic crisis in Metro Manila.


According Senate Committee on Public Services chairperson Senator Grace Poe, the senate will be treating the draft bill as an ‘urgent’ matter and will seek a full-blown public hearing with affected stakeholders and related sectors on Sept. 22. 


The proposed Traffic and Congestion Crisis Act of 2016 mentions National Capital Region itself, as well as adjacent provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas, and other provincial cities like Metro Cebu and Metro Davao as examples of “other highly urbanized cities” where congestion is needed to be addressed urgently.


“With the increasing volume of motor vehicles plying inadequate roads and highways in the metropolis and in other growing cities, increasing air passenger traffic beyond the capacity of the country’s existing terminals, and heavy congestion of ports, Philippine transportation infrastructure has been unable to keep up with the demands of a rising economy and growing population,” the draft bill read.