5-minute Cubao-Makati travel time based on road projects completion – Panelo

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30)— While everyone is busy with holiday preparations, some Filipinos— particularly commuters— are awaiting a promise President Rodrigo Duterte delivered months ago.

With just a few weeks before December, will commuters finally experience a five-minute travel time from Cubao to Makati?

In an interview with reporters, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte’s promise to cut road travel time was made “on the basis of projects being done on time.”

“‘Yung sinabi niya na 'yun, on the assumption na ‘yung mga projects matatapos on time,” Panelo said in a chance interview in Malacañang.

[Translation: He said that (promise) on the assumption that the projects will be done on time.]

“That was said on the basis of projects being done on time, wala siyang binabawi (he’s not taking it back).Subject to the conditions of the time it was made,” he added.

The President in June vowed that traffic congestion in Metro Manila would ease by the year end, enough to cut the travel time from the two cities to only five minutes.

Distance between Aurora Boulevard in Cubao to Ayala Avenue in Makati is nearly 10 kilometers. The current travel time normally takes 40 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

The administration’s Build, Build, Build infrastructure program has currently lined up 75 flagship projects, but economic managers said the list could go up to 100 with new proposals kicking in.

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A 2018 study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) revealed that the Philippines is losing ₱3.5 billion a day due to traffic congestion in the metropolis.

JICA, in a later study, said the country is also projected to lose ₱5.4 billion to traffic daily by 2035 if no interventions are made.

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