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Catanduanes Rep. Sarmiento seeks suspension of MMDA’s provincial bus ban on EDSA

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Catanduanes Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento has filed a resolution at the House of Representatives asking the government agencies concerned to suspend the implementation of total provincial bus ban along EDSA.

Sarmiento, chairman of the House committee on transportation, filed House Resolution 2537, urging the Transportation department, LTFRB, MMDA and other agencies to suspend the new terminal scheme of the MMDA.

Under the new MMDA policy, provincial buses will end their trips at the Valenzuela Gateway Complex Integrated Terminal while those from the south will end their trips at the South Integrated Terminal in Sta. Rosa Laguna.

Sarmiento said in his resolution that the public consultations on the said policy were not “comprehensive” and that not all concerned stakeholders were invited during the dialogues.

“[T]he new policy has caused grave concern from affected constituents, taking into consideration that it will have adverse effects on the commuting public, especially those coming from Bicol Region,” said Sarmiento.

The solon said that the MMDA and the DOTr should heae the sentiments of the commuting public as voiced out by their representatives.

Sarmiento said that the MMDA should strictly implement all the traffic rules and regulations and run after illegal terminals and colorum vehicles to address the traffic woes on EDSA.

Ako Bicol partylist solons earlier filed a resolution on the same subject matter asking the government agencies concerned to stop the implementation of the the new MMDA policy.