MMDA forms task force to implement Duterte’s promise of a 5-minute ride from Cubao to Makati

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has created an inter-agency task force to implement measures to ease traffic from Cubao, Quezon City to Makati City.

MMDA Edsa traffic chief Edison “Bong” Nebrija said Task Force Cubao-Makati (CubMA) was created amid the recent pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte for travel time from Cubao in Quezon City to Makati City be cut to five minutes by the end of the year.

“Alam niyo naman po lahat ng pronouncement ng Pangulo, (All the pronouncements of the President) it becomes a directive and a mandate not only to MMDA but to all government agencies,” Nebrija said in a radio interview on Monday.

“Recently, tinayo na po natin yung Task Force CubMa (We recently created Task Force CubMa) ahead of the President’s pronouncement,” he added.

Under the task force, the MMDA, PNP-Highway Patrol Group, Inter-Agency Council on Traffic, Department of Transportation, Land Transportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will manage traffic from Cubao to Makati.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will introduce “engineering interventions” to improve traffic wherein weekend road repairs on Edsa will be sped up.

The MMDA official said various stakeholders such as the government, motorists, and passengers must work together to ease the traffic situation in Metro Manila.

“Everybody should be on board not only the government agencies but also the people as the President has already spoken. Ang disiplina ay napakalaking bagay (Discipline is a very big thing),” Nebrija said.

The MMDA and the LTFRB have implemented various measures to ease traffic flow in the metropolis such as limiting the operations of UV Express on a terminal-to-terminal basis, enforcement of the no-loading and unloading policy of provincial buses along Edsa and the removal of provincial bus terminals.

Meanwhile, the DPWH said major infrastructure projects are underway to help decongest traffic in the metropolis, among them the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 and North and South Luzon Expressways connector road project. (PNA)