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Olivarez opens Parañaque ‘friendship routes’

Aug 28, 2015 @ 0:27

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez has ordered the opening of several roads in the city’s private subdivisions to decongest traffic jams along the main roads.

Olivarez said the “friendship routes” had been a big help in unclogging the city’s main thoroughfares, which is expected to worsen as Christmas season approaches.

“The opening of the friendship routes in the city’s private villages, before this year’s Christmas season, will be our immediate solution to the worsening traffic problem,” he said in a statement.

“It will also benefit thousands of commuters and motorists not just from Parañaque but likewise nearby cities of Pasay, Taguig, Las Piñas and Muntinlupa,” Olivarez added.

The city government has also set aside P30 million for the maintenance of private roads that will be part of the friendship routes.

Olivarez has created a committee that will determine which subdivision roads shall be part of the friendship routes.

Late last year, the city government conducted a traffic summit and a series of consultations with stakeholders to find solutions to the traffic gridlocks along Sucat Road and Coastal Road as well as the streets surrounding Ninoy Aquino International Airport, BF Homes, Don Galo and Baclaran.

In 1996, Parañaque’s neighboring city, Las Piñas, became the first local government unit in the country to adopt and implement the use of subdivision and village roads as alternative routes to address the traffic problem in the city.

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