THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority recently implemented the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic to rid the streets of smoke-belching, dilapidated, and other “road-unworthy” vehicles, as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Almost a month after its implementation, it did stir a lot of protests from drivers, operators and the riding public who were affected by the MMDA’s campaign. Of course, the vociferous militant groups were not far behind.
Take for example Anakbayan, who held a protest rally at the University of the Philippines while the MMDA conducted a surprise operation in the same campus after Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade received text complaints from UP students that there were many dilapidated and smoke-belching jeepneys roaming the campus.
The DOTr described Anakbayan’s protest as ‘unfortunate and unwarranted’, noting that while the militant group prides itself as a progressive youth organization, their actions speak otherwise, and do not reflect the sentiments of majority of our youth who they claim to represent.
DOTr also stressed that running after smoke-belching PUVs is a tough but necessary task and that the campaign is an integral part of the PUV Modernization Program, which aims to bring about comprehensive reform of the public transportation system.
We couldn’t agree more.
Sure, some sacrifices will have to be made in order to comply with the President’s directive to make the roads safer for pedestrians and the riding public, but these are necessary to make our daily commute a little better.