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Rep. Castelo to PNoy: Name Almendras ‘traffic point czar’

Aug 21, 2015 @ 4:28

Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Winston Castelo asked President Aquino to appoint Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras as the “traffic point man” to help in solving Metro Manila’s traffic problems.

Castelo said Almendras commands the respect and wields influence to summon government agencies involved in traffic, including the Metro Manila Development Authority, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Philippine National Police, Land Transportation Office, Metro Manila local government units, and the business community.

“Secretary Almendras has the President’s confidence to enforce rules to alleviate the traffic situation,” Castelo, chairman of the House committee on Metro Manila development, said in a Daily Tribune article.

“The time has come for the President to name a traffic point man because the worsening traffic situation, if unchecked, is becoming irreversible,” Castelo added.

Castelo urged the President to empower the traffic point man to force the major state agencies to address the traffic situation and work closely in a spirit of team work for the common good.

The Quezon City lawmaker described Almendras as a “result oriented” public servant.

He also credited Almendras for resolving the traffic and container congestion at the Manila North Harbor a few months ago.
Besides, Castelo said Almendras is “low key” and “unassuming,” enabling him to convince state officials to work closely and cooperate with each other.

“Secretary Almendras has the knack to work with people without necessarily politicizing the job,” Castelo said.

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