Public Services Act Advocacy Paper 2018


The lack of reliable and affordable public services costs the Philippines billions of dollars in lost productivity and investments.

In particular, the country ranks as one of the worst in the region in two public services: mass transportation and telecommunications. Filipinos were found to have the longest commute in the world with at least 2.2 hours of productive time wasted on traffic . Furthermore, the public railroad systems running through the heart of Metro Manila are in a state of disrepair. The Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) and the Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT 1) which connect the Makati Business District to Manila and to Quezon City are serving double (190% and 150%) their designed daily capacity , necessitating frequent service breaks. The dismal state of public transportation systems in the Philippines costs an estimated PHP 3.5 billion per day .