Those Edsa bus terminals
"Edsa has become a long parking lot."
Clearly those terminals of provincial buses along Edsa contribute to the heavy traffic on the country’s only expressway. Instead of an expressway, Edsa has become a long parking lot. There are no more peak and off-peak hours from north to south in this most travelled major highway. The heavy traffic costs the economy millions of pesos a day in lost business and man-hours. Yet to hear one congressman criticize the Duterte administration solution to the problem by banning provincial bus terminals along Edsa and inside Metro Manila, one would think this legislator does not care because he commutes to Congress driven in his air conditioned car with special license plates. Or he lives in one of those gated communities near Congress. This prompted Buhay Party-List Rep. Lito Atienza to confront Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin for being insensitive to the plight of daily commuters using Edsa to go to their place of work. Garbin said commuters living outside the Metro area now have to pay the extra fare after being dropped off by the provincial busses at the city boundary. Atienza, on the other hand , said there are just as many if not more commuters who use Edsa. If late for work because of the crawl of traffic on Edsa, these commuters could lose their jobs adding to the millions of unemployed Filipinos. This led to a heated verbal exchange between Atienza and Garbin who said he was speaking as a member of the minority in the House. Atienza retorted he was also a member of the minority and more senior than Garbin who kept his silence knowing he was out of his league against Atienza. “Here we have a solution being offered by the President. Why is there a member of Congress shooting the proposal down like he has more the interest of the bus companies?” asked Atienza whose debate with Garbin was carried live by CNN Philippines.