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Councilor Teodulfo Lao Jr. GSD FILE PHOTO BY NITZ ARANCON

City council asks mayor to convene traffic mgt body

COUNCILOR Teodulfo Lao, Jr., in his special report during the regular session of the City Council this week filed a resolution requesting City Mayor Oscar Moreno to convene the Traffic Management Board, as provided for in Section 198 of Ordinance No. 10551-2007.

This, after the councilor reported about the worsening traffic condition in the city.

Lao said last Friday during the heavy downpour, he noticed that people were stranded in all corners waiting and anticipating for public utility vehicles. Some were able to go home at 10 o’clock in the evening due to the scarcity of transport vehicles, he added.

The councilor said he was greatly disgusted about the traffic situation.

“If you go to Corrales Avenue you’ll be stuck there for an hour because of the traffic congestion at the junction of JR Borja Street, junction of Yacapin Street, the intersection of Ramon Chavez Street and Ebarle Street, the junction of Luna Street, the exit way of the basement parking area of Centrio …,” the councilor reported, naming other intersections and junctions where there were traffic jams.

“As the city is booming and growing in terms of population, the demand for mass transportation is imminent and significant to be discussed nowadays and must be the focus of discussion during a planning session,” the councilor said.

RTA Competence

The councilor said although he believes in the competence and has faith on the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA), the city must not depend so much and lean upon them to address the present traffic mess.

“We need some other people who will help the RTA and fill up the membership of the TMB who have the expertise and knowledge on traffic management and possibly craft up solutions,” Lao said.

Lao said during the last budget hearing, the RTA was required to submit the city’s  Comprehensive Traffic Management Plan for legislators to be guided with precise legislative measures or ordinances to be undertaken and passed on. “But no traffic plan was submitted,” Lao reported

According to the councilor, other big cities have a board as a policy-making body, which looks into the problem and discusses among themselves how traffic management can be efficient and effective.

“It is time to convene the Traffic Management Board so that the board could discuss and come up with a concrete solution,” he said. (cli)

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