Groups suggest ways to solve the traffic problem

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Who's to blame for the worsening traffic in Metro Manila? Vehicle operators, drivers, and commuters say everyone.

On day two of the Metro Manila Development Authority's emergency traffic summit these groups promise to change their ways.

Jeepney operators pledge to discipline their drivers – but ask the government for funds to modernize their industry.

They say if jeepneys are air conditioned and their service improved, there could be fewer private cars on the road.

A telecommunications company says technology can help a lot – mobile apps to keep track of trucks and buses and to catch a ride will soon be available.

But vehicles are just half the equation. A commuter group wants the public to cooperate.

Elvira Medina, president of the National Center for Commuter Safety and Protection, said, "We have been complaining that travel in Metro Manila is risky but we ourselves put ourselves into the risk."

The House Committee on Transportation passed the traffic crisis bill this afternoon.

The bill gives President Rodrigo Duterte and the Transportation Department special powers for three years to address the traffic problem in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao.

It will now be sent to the House Appropriations Committee, which will discuss funding for the bill.