In response to the INQUIRER.net article regarding Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade’s quote that Metro Manila traffic is just a ‘state of mind’:
Secretary Arthur Tugade in no way mentioned that traffic was a state of mind. This was a very misleading headline. Please see the actual quote below made during the launching of the NAIA Premium Bus Service:
“A state of mind adds to the problem of traffic. Let’s stop blaming traffic. If you’re late, that’s that.”
He was merely addressing the Filipino psyche of using traffic as an excuse. He believes that kind of state mind that automatically uses traffic as an excuse, unnecessarily adds to the problem of traffic.
“How any times have you used the excuse that is traffic even when it’s not? Pag na late kayo sa asawa niyo o girlfriend niyo, sasabihin niyo traffic. Totoo ba yon palagi? Madaling sabihan na dahil sa traffic. Kung hindi naman, magsabi tayo ng totoo.”
“Traffic has become a convenient excuse to justify one’s non-performance or non-compliance to an appointment.”
In fact, Secretary Tugade has always been outspoken about the traffic crisis and is even seeking to give the President emergency powers to solve the problem:
“Hindi ba nabababoy na yung quality of life natin dahil sa traffic? Hindi ba pinagtatawanan na tayo sa buong mundo dahil sa traffic? Tell me if that’s not a crisis, what is?”
Let us all be a #PartnerForChange to solve traffic.