Mayor Vico Sotto Blames MMDA for Worsening Traffic Problems in Pasig City


One of the youngest local chief executive in Metro Manila, Mayor Vico Sotto allegedly blamed the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for the worsening traffic in Pasig City. The newly-elected Mayor explained on social media why he's having difficulties in solving the worsening traffic situation in his city.


In the social media post of Mayor Vico Sotto, he explained why the recent decision of the MMDA to solve the traffic in EDSA made the situation along major roads in Pasig City worse than ever.



Based upon the observation of the Pasig City Mayor, many vehicles coming from other cities in Metro Manila are now using the roads of Pasig City including C5 because of some new rules along EDSA.

Despite the negative statement released by Mayor Vico, he would still trust the MMDA on handling the situation along Metro Manila.

“In recent days, we have had to deal with even more challenges. Most notably, the efforts of the #MMDA along #EDSA have greatly increased vehicle volume in C5 and even the interior roads of Pasig. We will defer to the wisdom & authority of the MMDA, but this increased traffic on our side is a reality for now.” Vico Sotto said.

Mayor Vico Sotto explained further that no policies would solve the traffic in Metro Manila unless the government tries to make a way to stop the proliferation of purchasing traffic vehicles.

The Pasig City Mayor also expresed disappointment after he discovered that the current traffic data available in his City was made in 2014 which made it difficult for them to make new rules.



Read the Complete Statement of Mayor Vico Sotto:

[Traffic Management]

[Summary of long post:

We are working hard and we have outside experts helping us craft a comprehensive mobility management plan (due Aug. 15). However, aside from the usual traffic, multiple factors have recently increased Pasig traffic this week. This includes the current strategy of the #MMDA along #EDSA which has increased vehicle volume in our area. We will defer to the wisdom & authority of the MMDA, but this increased traffic on our side is a reality.]

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[Long post]

We have been working to improve traffic management in Pasig. as we wait for our Traffic Mgmt Task Force to present their final recommendations on Aug. 15. One main difficulty that we've had was the lack of available data --

Isipin niyo, nung pinatanong ko kung ilan ang terminal ng TODA sa Pasig, wala palang kumpletong listahan! Ang mga stoplight naman natin, ang vehicle volume/traffic count na ginagamit ay yung galing pa palang taong 2014! Hindi magiging epektibo ang mga patakaran natin nang walang maayos na datos-pangkabuuan.



While waiting for the Task Force to finish up, we have already taken several actions, although, realistically, huge results won't be felt immediately (e.g. what I previously posted regarding CPD, new carrots & sticks to improve performance, and the reshuffling of our enforcers. To increase visibility, we have also started contacting the 44 traffic enforcers who were previously trained by the MMDA but not absorbed by the previous administration after Christmas.)

Pasig has a special set of challenges because many volume routes pass through the city (QC to Makati; Rizal to Metro Manila).

In recent days, we have had to deal with even more challenges. Most notably, the efforts of the #MMDA along #EDSA have greatly increased vehicle volume in C5 and even the interior roads of Pasig. We will defer to the wisdom & authority of the MMDA, but this increased traffic on our side is a reality for now.

With all of this in mind, the bottomline is that traffic in Pasig and Metro Manila will continue to worsen no matter what traffic policies we have, UNLESS we lessen the demand for cars. This means a greater focus on moving people rather than private vehicles. This means incorporating more non-car modes of transportation in our long-term plans.

We will balance the longer term with the short term need to manage traffic better. This will be difficult, but we are prepared to fight for better mobility in Pasig.

Source: Mayor Vico Sotto FB Page


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