Jul 5, 2017 @ 18:47

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade is asking for extra endurance from Filipino motorists and commuters as traffic has worsened in the 12 months since he took over his post in July.

Tugade assured that the infrastructure initiatives being deliberate for the subsequent 5 years – from railways to roads to airports and seaports – would turn out to be actuality underneath the time period of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“When we present our projects, these are not mere figments of the imagination. These are the real deal. These will become reality,” Tugade stated in a message learn by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Reinier Paul Yebra in the course of the “1 with the 99: Tax Reform Forum”, held on the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday.

During the discussion board, Yebra offered the DOTr’s targets in the subsequent 5 years, such because the 1,500 km. of railways nationwide.

“This is a huge leap from the 70 km. we currently have,” Yebra stated.

Among the primary initiatives authorised by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board is the Mindanao Railway System, the primary railway system exterior Luzon.

Yebra stated the NEDA has additionally given the inexperienced mild for the extension of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) North Railway Project, which is able to run all the best way to the Clark Economic Zone.

Plans to prolong the Light Railway Transit (LRT) to Cavite are additionally underway whereas building of the LRT 2 line to Antipolo from the Santolan station is almost full, he stated, including that port modernization and an environment friendly, secure and handy drainage system are additionally among the many DOTr’s high priorities.

Delivering Tugade’s message, Yebra thanked the Filipino individuals for letting them do their jobs.

“It is truly a privilege. Konting tiis na lang po. Panandaliang tiis para pangmatagalang ginhawa (Bear with us a little longer. A small sacrifice today will mean a bigger convenience in the future),” Tugade stated in the message.

Duterte tapped his San Beda classmate as Transportation Secretary to fulfill his marketing campaign promise to solve the traffic drawback in six months. Tugade, nonetheless, had to eat his phrases after the duty proved to be extra formidable than he anticipated. He blamed Congress’ failure to grant Duterte emergency powers for his failure to reside up to the general public’s expectations. (AAA/PNA)

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Source: politics.com.ph