Right to work links to freedom of movement: CHR

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The people’s right to work has shackles to their freedom to travel from one place to another, according to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) amidst transport dilemma in the Metro.

CHR spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement, “The Commission, alarmed by the increasing incidence of congestion, thereby urges the government to act quickly and reminds duty-bearers that the right to work is inextricably tied with internal freedom of movement.”

She insisted that acknowledging of the existence of the transport problem is the first step to solve the problem.

“Inaction in the face of massive and widespread congestion throughout the Metro impinges not only on the physical and mental health of commuters, who stand for long hours on end while anxiously waiting for a ride to work (or home), but also hampers the [delivery] of basic social services—such as the right to health through speedy and adequate access to medical care in cases of medical emergencies necessitating the use of an ambulance,” De Guia added.

On the other hand, the spokesperson commends administrations effort with regards to infrastructure program “Build, Build, Build,” but she still hopes that the government would resort to “more efficient public transport system.”

Lastly, Malacañang disagreed with the claims of mass transport crisis in Manila.

In relation to this, Presidential spokesperson Savador Panelo accepted the “commute challenge” and took him four hours to reach the office.

However, he only admitted a traffic crisis not a transport crisis since there is no paralysis of the mass transport.