SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
24 June 2020 07:24:36 PM
The House Committee on Metro Manila Development on Wednesday held a consultation with transportation regulators and stakeholders in efforts to address public transport issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chairman Rep. Manuel Luis Lopez (1st District, Manila) cited the need for a holistic and long-term master plan for the country’s mass transportation as many Filipinos do not have their own vehicles and not all private companies offer shuttle services to their employees. Lopez noted that the availability of public vehicles would be more in demand when Metro Manila undergoes Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MGCQ). Among the House Members present were Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr., Reps. Jesus “Bong” Suntay (4th District, Quezon City), Edgar Erice (2nd District, Caloocan City), Stella Luz Quimbo (2nd District, Marikina City) and Virgilio Lacson (Party-list, MANILA TEACHERS). Invited resource speakers include DOTr Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia, LTO Deputy Director Roberto Valero, GRAB Philippines President Brian Cu, as well as representatives from several transport operators and drivers associations.