Remember when Makati City to Cubao in just five minutes was a thing? Well, apparently, it still is.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) head Mark Villar recently shared a portion of a press conference on social media, giving an update on the government’s EDSA decongestion program and confirming to reporters that president Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of a Makati to Cubao travel time of just five minutes will be possible “very soon.”
According to Villar, the EDSA decongestion program is on track and the busy thoroughfare will once again return to its proper vehicle capacity once this goal is met.
“The capacity of EDSA is approximately 288,000 cars per day. Based on our projections, currently, the usage of EDSA is 400,000 per day. Based on our projections we will be able to relieve EDSA at least 120,000, bringing it back to its original capacity at least,” he said.
“Pero sa tingin ko hindi lang 120,000. Pag natapos na po yung mga project ng EDSA decongestion, mahigit pa sa 120,000 ang mawawala sa EDSA.”
Villar also shared that the president’s promised five-minute travel time from Makati City to Cubao can be expected within 2021. Watch:
“Actually, yung binanggit ko po kanina, yung pag natapos yung Skyway, Makati to Balintawak, imagine SLEX to NLEX [in] 15 minutes,” Villar continued. “Eh kung 15 minutes lang yan, eh di Makati to Quezon City ang lapit lang. Baka five minutes lang talaga.”
There’s definitely been progress, especially with the recent completion of the Skyway Stage 3 project. But five minutes? We’ll believe it when we experience it for ourselves. Do you think this will be possible within the year?