Yes, Manila will be a dead city if Duterte doesn’t act now – Grace Poe
Manila will surely be dead 25 years from now President Rodrigo Duterte does not make any improvements, especially in the worsening traffic situation, said Sen. Grace Poe on Friday said in countering the assertions of President Duterte.
“Metro Manila may have no future if we do not act now,” the senator said, emphasizing the need to fast track the so-called “Build, Build, Build” projects of the administration that include the Mega Manila subway and completion of the connector road project between the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
“For this, political will is needed and the emergency powers could come in handy if only the President would certify this as urgent,” Poe, chair of the Senate public services committee, said in a statement.
In a speaking engagement Thursday in Pampanga, the President said Manila will be a “dead city in 25 years” given the worsening traffic situation in the capital and moved for the development of other potential urban hubs outside Metro Manila.
Duterte sees Clark Freeport Zone as an alternative destination for industries and has big potential as the country’s next industrial hub, easing congestion in Metro Manila.
But Poe said Manila’s demise was not inevitable.
“We should look at old cities like Rome, Tokyo, London and New York that have adapted to change, which means that with proper planning, Metro Manila can become a vibrant, livable and sustainable community just like its counterparts abroad,” she said.
“To achieve this, we should seriously consider and push for outward development to decongest Metro Manila for the medium to long term but right now, we have to jumpstart that initiative,” said Poe.