MANILA, Oct. 6, 2014— With frequent downpours worsening the traffic situation in Metro Manila, a Catholic prelate calls on government officials to stop the finger-pointing and take concrete steps in solving the problem.
In an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas recently, Manila Auxillary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo stressed that public servants should address the issue maturely instead of proving their inaction by blaming other people or agencies.
“This blaming among government agencies speaks volumes about the kind of leadership we have. Rather than act on the problems confronting them, they are quick to point their fingers at others,” said he.
According to Pabillo, who also chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (ECPA), it is a sign of maturity when leaders have only concrete plans to offer.
Meanwhile, Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco seconded Pabillo, adding that the Filipino public does not deserve these traffic nightmares when solutions to them can be found.
The prelate explained this problem takes a toll on the economy aside from the stress it gives to individual road users.
“Ordinary people suffer greatly from traffic congestion. We waste as much as P20 million every year in gas. This problem affects businesses, jobs, and others,” Ongtioco added. (Raymond A. Sebastián)