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No sweat! PNP says Cubao Makati in 5 minutes doable during graveyard shift

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Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (HPG) director, Brig. Gen. Roberto Fajardo is confident of fulfilling President Rodrigo Duterte’s order of cutting the Cubao-Makati travel time from over an hour to five minutes.

Fajardo said his team beat the five-minute challenge when they tried it during a simulation in the wee hours of the morning for both north and southbound routes between Makati and Cubao.

“Tinira namin, madaling araw nga lang, mga ala-una ng madaling araw walang traffic from Guadalupe to Cubao both north and southbound,” Fajardo said.

Fajardo said among the measures need to realize Duterte’s order was the closure of all bus terminals along EDSA; removal of all bus barriers; and transfer of motorcycle lanes.

To fulfill the 5-minute challenge during rush hour, Fajardo said the PNP-HPG has been conducting regular meetings with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“Yung (The) five minutes, this is the order of the President. Sabi ko nga we are regularly meeting with DOTr, LTFRB, LTO, MMDA,” Fajardo said in a media interview during the turnover of 50 pieces of motorcycle crash helmets donated by Angkas Philippines to HPG at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

“Yan ang utos ni Presidente, we will do our best. Actually, ‘yun ang challenge sa amin. Kapag sinabi ni Presidente, we will do it, ganoon lang kasimple sa amin,” he added.

Fajardo said strictly enforcing traffic rules was key to easing congestion in Metro Manila.

He said at least 50 HPG personnel were deputized by the LTO to issue violation tickets would be deployed along Edsa.

“Kasama na ang disiplina ng motorist, dineputize kami ng LTO kaya wala kaming gagawin kundi maniket lang ng maniket sa mga magba-violate ng traffic rules,” Fajardo said.

Duterte earlier said traffic from Cubao to Makati will improve before the end of the year.

The President has been requesting Congress to grant him emergency powers to solve Metro Manila’s traffic woes. However, the Senate has been hesitant to pass the measure amid corruption concerns.

Fajardo said the 50 helmets from Angkas would complement the BMW motorcycles recently donated by businessman Ramon Ang. (PNA)