Singapore has one of the smartest and most advanced transportation systems in the world. This is why the Department of Transportation collaborated with the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise through a Memorandum of Understanding that would formalize both governments’ commitment to collaborate in areas of traffic management policies and solutions, leading to the development of an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for Metro Manila.

The MOU was signed between Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and SCE Chief Executive Officer Kong Wy Mun last 31 August 2017.

“The DOTr, as well as this whole country, recognize and welcome innovation and technology. We embrace technology because we know that technology is the path to development and growth in these modern times,” the transportation chief said.

The collaboration would include developing traffic policies and recommending tailored-fit infrastructure to help resolve traffic congestion in Metro Manila. The ITS solution will take a comprehensive and holistic approach involving policy alignment, regulation changes, capacity building, and engineering know-how build up that includes the setting up of a centralized traffic and incident management system.

On October 11, Secretary Tugade visited the ITS center in Singapore and witnessed how the ITS center monitors and controls traffic in the whole of Singapore. In November, the first Technical Working Group meeting between the DOTr and Singapore was conducted, bringing us one step closer to the development of the technology in the Philippines.

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