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How to Achieve Efficient Transportation for All

Dreaming of an on-time and accessible PH transport system

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“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation.” While quote has been attributed to Columbian politicians Gustavo Petro and Enrique Peñalosa, and no one seems to be sure who said it first, the meaning behind it holds true—a country that has put at the forefront the needs of its commuting public is truly a developed one.

A slew of local infrastructure and public transport upgrades have been regularly making rounds on social media, and while these can hopefully better connect cities and municipalities, the Philippine transport system has a long way to go when it comes to accessibility and efficiency. In a recent Summit Sandwich Session, Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade explains his dream of transportation being “a great equalizer,” so that the Philippines can become a country wherein the primary choice of getting from point A to point B is not private vehicles, but public transport.

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