Dear President Aquino,
80% of Metro Manila residents—including children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities—take public transportation.
Yet the dismal state of public transit doesn’t allow them mobility with safety and civility. They suffer long lines, squeeze into jam-packed trains and rickety buses and jeeps, and endure long travel times.
The government puts all its efforts in trying to solve traffic, but not in solving public transportation.
We keep building roads and flyovers that only encourage more people to drive their cars. But we don’t invest in facilities that make it easier for transit riders to get from point A to point B. These facilities include comfortable bus, jeep, and train stops, wide sidewalks, and well-designed walkways that connect the different modes of transport.
The only way government officials will understand the plight of commuters is if they themselves take public transit regularly.
Please require all government officials, including Malacañang staff and senior cabinet officials, to take public transit at least once a month.
Please make this sacrifice so you can all understand the daily realities faced by the majority of your fellow Filipinos.