Before even winning the elections Vico Sotto made a promise to remove Pasig City’s “ineffective” odd-even traffic scheme during his first day in office. The newly-elected Pasig Mayor made good on that promise this July 1.
He posted on his Facebook page that the agenda of his first executive order is to suspend the “disjointed and unjust odd-even scheme.”
The scheme previously applied a ban for vehicles whose license plates ended in even numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and those with odd numbers on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. It covered a number of roads, including Elisco Road, R.
Jabson St., San Guillermo Street, Sandoval Avenue, and F. Legaspi Bridge.
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Many found the scheme to be unfair and a hindrance to their productivity. According to ABS-CBN, Sotto stated that the executive order’s purpose was “beyond managing traffic, to improve the mobility of our citizens in Pasig.” He explained that he could not totally repeal the original issuance but “given the wrong application of the ordinance, I can suspend it through the executive order and the memorandum circular that I have showed you.”
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Sotto did disclaim it was possible for the traffic to worsen in the meantime “but we will study the solutions, we will study how to make things better.”
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