Senator Alan Peter on Friday called for development of rural areas and nearby provinces to solve traffic congestion in Metro Manila. “The solution to Metro Manila traffic problem is not to build more infrastructure inside Metro Manila, but to build more outside the city,” Cayetano said.
He said more funds should be allocated for infrastructure projects outside Metro Manila so that people will need not go to Manila to find a job.
Cayetano said he will file a bill seeking to establish a Philippine Decentralization Committee (PDC) which will study and determine specific programs aimed at enhancing the delivery of goods and services in the countryside, including the relocation of several agencies to other regions.
For instance, Cayetano suggested that the Department of Labor and Employment be transferred to the Ilocos Region (Region I), which had the second highest unemployment rate in 2015.
The Tourism department, he said, should be transferred to tourist haven Cebu in Central Visayas (Region VII) while the Department of Energy, he envisions, can be relocated to the CARAGA Region (Region XIII), known for its abundant renewable energy sources.
He is also advocating the establishment of a reliable and efficient Luzon-wide transportation system, which will pave the way for the construction of an integrated railway system, high-standard highways, and strategically-located airports, seaports, and land transport stations in provinces all over Luzon.
“I pushed for a long-term and a more feasible solution and that is to create alternative corridors of development outside NCR. This will not only resolve traffic jams in the already overcrowded capital, but will also extend growth throughout the rest of the country,” the senator said.