Vice Ganda, K Brosas, and other netizens expressed their disagreement with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General manager as the latter blamed commuters for the chaos that arose on the first day of the General community quarantine (GCQ).
As NCR shifted to GCQ on Monday with 50% of the workforce allowed to go back to work, chaos arose on the roads as commuters faced a struggle finding a ride.
However, during an interview on Tuesday, MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia put the blame on commuters as they allegedly lost the attention on their health and safety.
“They were focused on traveling even though they [knew], just as the Department of Transportation said, our first priority is health and safety,” Garcia said referring to the commuters.
Many netizens including celebrities expressed their disagreement with Garcia.
K Brosas reiterated that the reason chaos arose is that there was not enough public transportation available to commuters.
Kasi nga po walang masakyaaaaaan! Kc walang plano na mass transportation keme, at kelangan na nila mag work kc wala NG choice karamihan kahit sandamakmak pa ang covid19 na yaaaaaan! Bakit parang sila pa May kasalanan?? Also #JUNKTERRORBILLNOW #MassTestingNowPH #IbalikAngABSCBN 🙄 pic.twitter.com/EsfQZjqli7
— carmela brosas (@kbrosas) June 3, 2020
Vice Ganda also appealed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to consider the situation of the commuters.
“Delubyo sakanila ang transportasyon patungo sakanilang destinasyon,” Vice Ganda said.
“Sana’y may mailabas na kayong impormasyon at aksyon dahil inyo pong obligasyon ang maiayos ang sitwasyon,” Vice Ganda added.
Panawagan sa Department of Transportation. pic.twitter.com/1DGxL6CvIp
— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) June 2, 2020
Sen. Nancy Binay also urges DOTr to provide enough transport utilities to the public.
Binay said that the lack of effective planning is the root of the chaos.
“Ano ba talaga ang plano ng DOTr sa commuters? Three months under ECQ and still they have no clear plan in place. What happened to foresight?” Binay said.
“Mabuti sila’t aircon ang mga sasakyan. Eh kung subukan kaya ng mga opisyal ng DOTr mag-commute mula sa kani-kanilang bahay papasok sa opisina nila sa Clark City o Ortigas? Dapat maramdaman nila ang hirap na pinagdadaanan ng mga commuter (They’re lucky to have their own airconditioned cars. Why don’t DOTr officials try commuting from their house to their offices in Clark or Ortigas? They should know what commuters have to go through),” Binay added.
Binay emphasized that transport executives will not able to plan well if they don’t feel and understand people’s daily struggles.
DOTr and MMDA had three months to prepare a transportation policy on how the country will adapt to the “new normal”, but, their plans seem to be inconsiderate of the population.
ito ay sampal sa mga commuters.
may halos tatlong buwan kayo upang pag handaan ang week na ito ngunit wala kayong ginawa para tugunan ang mga suliranin na di naman lingid sa inyong kaalaman.
we commuters didn't lose focus; we lost hard-working competent public servants.#rage
— paeng lopez (@paengLopez) June 3, 2020
Ilang buwan 'yung lockdown. Ang dami niyong oras para magplano pero 'di niyo ginawa tapos ngayon commuters ang sisihin niyo? @MMDA
— LAWDJX #JunkTerrorBillNOW (@lawdejesus) June 3, 2020
commuters: MMDA TO BLAME FOR CHAOS
there. fixed it. https://t.co/ZgGMfoBxKy
— (۶ꈨຶꎁꈨຶ )۶ ᵃ ˡ ˡ ʸ (@unholyshitally) June 3, 2020
MMDA, please do not blame the commuters unless you actually commute on a regular basis.
How dare you po.
— July Mirandilla MD (-ish) (@Lyj17July) June 3, 2020
— Paul Catiang Is Social Distancing (@paulcatiang) June 2, 2020
Ang tanga ng MMDA. They're so against commuters, as if dev't means making the Metro Area a purely car-driven city.
IT'S NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.
From their spox's comments to their blame shifting, and now their refusal to allow bike lanes.
Anong silbi niyo kung pahirap lang kayo?
— Ja #SOGIEEqualityNow 🏳️🌈 (@dyaelgonzales) June 3, 2020
dapat dito kay sir garcia magcommute din nang malaman nya, kahiya-hiya naman talaga
— papijjang (@thenieeeee) June 3, 2020
they never run out of pointing fingers but when it comes to planning, walang wala
— JPMG (@junp_mg) June 3, 2020
kung sapat ung public transport wlang chaos…d po kc lhat ng manggagawa e may sariling sasakyan..mag ggcq kyo d nmn pla kyo handa..alam nmn ata ng mmda n ncr ang sentro ng ekonomiya mlamang mdmi ung ppsok sa trabaho..ginawang dhilan n nmn ung kwawang commuters
— xp3ctat0r (@xp3ctat0r) June 3, 2020