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Vice Ganda, K Brosas, other netizens reply as MMDA blame commuters for GCQ traffic chaos

Sen. Nancy Binay demands DOTr to provide enough transport utilities to the public. 

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.

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.

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.

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