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Can the Filipino commuters’ lives get even worse? You’d see many a number of disappointing and inconvenient news about the local public transport going awry. Just a few days ago, the MRT had another occurrence leaving many a number of people stranded and late for work. Several days before that, a PNR train was derailed off its tracks and left a few people injured. Yes, I agree taking the public transportation is not only downright inconvenient, it can also be life-threatening at some point.

Car owners may be spared from these misadventures, but they have their fair share of grievances, too. The inconveniently-scheduled road repairs that results to horrendous traffic and an assortment of other problems, the alarming increase of road-related crimes, and the list goes on and on. Truly, a Filipino’s daily commuting adventure is a feat nothing short of a scene from one of those action-packed films we enjoy watching.

Philippines Today, mum's thoughts, mum for a cause, news
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And, if you think it can never get worse, you might just have to think again. And you might also consider asking someone who lives in the south and has to pass SLEX on a daily basis. True, traffic there has greatly improved since the construction of new and improved roads, but about a year ago, they have stopped issuing new EPASS to commuters and have deprived the commuters from the south of all the convience this clever piece of technology can offer.

I cannot blame the people from complaining and appealing that they bring back the EPASS now. Lining up in those toll booths can be rather cumbersome and taxing, especially if you have been hard at work in the office for more than 8 hours and cannot wait to go home and rest, or when you are running late to fetch the kids from school or from their other activities. And what would happen when the next school year opens? Or when the rainy season starts? Traffic situation is guaranteed to worsen when you add these factors to the mix and the least the SLEX Management and TRB Chairman Edmund Reyes could do is to act on this concern now.

I may not be directly affected by this issue, but my heart goes out to all the mums, as well as the others, living in the south who has to endure the burden of going through all the trouble which the issuance of EPASS could have, otherwise, avoided. So, yes I join them in appealing to the Toll Regulatory Board {TRB}, the Department of Transportation and Communications {DOTC}, to Bring back ePass now Edmundo Reyes. You can also let your voice be heard by sharing your thoughts and using the hashtag #bringbackEPASSnow.

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