MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) launched yesterday “Oplan Maglakad Ka Na Lang” to ensure that commuters will be able to reach their destinations on time. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the program is for commuters who keeps on complaining about traffic and whining about the lack of transportation options in the metro.
“DOTC in cooperation with its 17 attached agencies are ensuring that our people can have safe, convenient and on-time trip to any destination that they desire,” Abaya said.
Heavy rains and ongoing road rehabilitation and reblocking have caused huge traffic jams leaving motorist and commuters stranded for hours.
“If you think that the bus or jeepney that you are waiting for would take longer than usual to pick you up, ‘Oplan Maglakad Ka Na Lang’ reminds you that there is another mode of transportation available to you,” he added.
The transportation secretary also highlighted the importance of walking as a means of exercise.
“Instead of sitting on your asses waiting for the traffic to crawl at a snail pace, may I suggest alighting from the vehicle that you are in and start walking right away,” Abaya said. “This way, you’ll arrive at your destination earlier instead of waiting inside the vehicle.”
Abaya advises against queuing up for hours for a jeepney or bus, especially during a heavy downpour.
“Pipila ka ng matagal sa ulan, tapos pag late ka na makauwi, magcocomplain ka?” he said. “Eh tutal basa ka na din naman na, maglakad ka nalang. Madidiscover mo pa yung mga sights and sounds ng syudad na hindi mo makikita kapag nagcommute ka.“
With no clear solution in sight for the worsening traffic situation in the metro, the DOTC plans to run “Oplan Maglakad Ka Na Lang” indefinitely or until Filipinos will get accustomed to the mantra of: “Stop whining. Start walking.”
“Tsaka na natin isipan ng solusyon kung sakaling magdulot din ng malalang traffic ang paglalakad sa kalye ng mga tao,” he added.