Long lines for MRT? Palace asks for patience

Posted at 03/02/14 4:23 PM

MANILA -- Malacanang asked for more patience from commuters amid the long queues seen day after day at the Metro Rail Transit System.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the government is doing its best to come up with projects that will bring relief to commuters.

“Samantala, ginagawa ng ating pamahalaan upang maibsan ang pagsisikip ng trapik at yung mabagal na commute travel ng ating mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng iba’t ibang proyektong pang imprastraktura,” he told radio dzRB.

He said infrastructure projects can’t be implemented with just one flick of the hand.

“Kaya lang, ang mga proyektong yan ay kailangan din ng panahon para ganap na maipatupad kaya kailangan ng konting pagunawa ng ating mamamayan na ang mga proyektong yan ay di magaganap sa isang kisap-mata,” he said.

The Department of Transportation and Communications won last week a case in the Makati Regional Trial Court, which would finally allow it to buy new MRT coaches.

“The DOTC successfully fought for public interest and defended its position in court,” Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” Abaya said in a statement. “The supplier can now start manufacturing the 48 brand new Light Rail Vehicles, which will be delivered in tranches starting in the second half of 2015.”

The government, together with private partners, is also implementing several road projects.

Some quarters criticized the projects, however, saying these are too car-centric.