(SPOT.ph) The Senate Committee on Public Services has canceled its scheduled hearing today, August 30, on the proposal to grant the president emergency powers to address Metro Manila’s worsening traffic situation. According to Sen. Grace Poe who chairs the committee, the Department of Transportation has yet to present its specific plans for what exactly they'll do once the emergency powers are granted, the Inquirer reported.
“The Executive branch is in a hurry to pass the emergency powers bill, but based on our hearings, we have learned that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority have yet to come up with concrete projects under the emergency powers bill,” she said. Poe also said it was important for the DOTr to consult with all stakeholders before coming up with their plans.
Meanwhile, GMA News noted that Poe has said transportation officials should act quickly if they really want to solve Metro Manila’s traffic mess.
“Sa ilalim ng mga proposed emergency power bills, two to three years lang ibinigay natin sa kanilang palugit. Sana naman hindi maubos iyong palugit na iyon sa pagpaplano lamang,” she said.
The first hearing on emergency powers concluded on August 25 and had DOTr officials requesting an additional two weeks so they could prepare their detailed proposal for the next hearing.