Report: Bill requiring officials to use public transport in the works

Hopefully no one gets special treatment
by Drei Laurel | Jan 21, 2019
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Do you feel that local transportation officials aren’t in tune with the plight of working-class Filipino commuters? If your answer to this question is yes, then you’re going to love this.

According to a report by ABS-CBN News, a new bill requiring transportation officials to use public transit at least once a month is set to be filed by Quezon City representative Winston Castelo.

“There is no contention that one of Metro Manila’s biggest problems is the lack of efficient mass-transit system to serve the millions of Filipinos living and working in the area,” the bill’s explanatory note reads. “The expansion of Metro Manila’s transportation system is a critical project to resolve this issue but will take years to complete.”

The note goes on to point out that officials must be able to empathize with Filipino commuters: “This bill requires government officials who are in charge of transportation to experience riding public transportation at least once a month so that they have firsthand experience on how to solve the problem.”

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You can check out photos of the bill in ABS-CBN News’ tweet below:

Do you think this move will help push officials to solve our public-transportation mess? And is one day a month really enough for a person to experience the hassle of everyday commuting? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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