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Ben Contreras .

CAGAYAN de Oro Campaigners for Road Courtesy and Discipline (CDO CRCD) president Doy Ramiro invited me to join them in observing the traffic situation at Kauswagan highway and find what better solution/s can be implemented to improve the flow of vehicles in the area.

In the last three weeks, I have made several calls to Doy to suggest that the sequence of traffic lights be changed into green light for left turn, go and right turn simultaneously on a green light. The last one was when I was caught in a traffic jam near McDonald’s and in that short distance, it took three rounds of stop/go before I was able to cross towards the bridge.

We are a unique group of motorists. We freely ignore traffic laws and still get away with it. Authorities don’care about the violations committed in broad daylight. When accidents happen, they have every reasons to give than be sorry for their negligence.

It’s really all about attitude. When it’s time to go, proceed with normal speed and think of the cars behind you. When approaching an intersection with a traffic light, know which line/row you should be to avoid unnecessarily blocking other vehicles. Understand what the yellow light means and prevent being caught in the middle of an intersection. Give way to the car blocking the oncoming ones and allow it to squeeze in into your line.

I remember back when I was still very active doing traffic at Gaabucayan St. (where I once live). We were training new RTA recruits. I explained to them that traffic is like our blood system. If there is a blood clot somewhere, it affects the whole system. Traffic is the same. A jam somewhere always has an effect on other areas.

I am curious on who will go there and how receptive they would be to other people’s ideas. I appreciate the move though.

Thank you for your invitation, Doy.

On another matter, I hope the training for more volunteers for CDO CRCD will soon happen.


No sooner than I wrote my piece about city engineer Roland Pacuribot admitting that the city has no master drainage plan, he flip-flopped. Is there or is there not?

Chances are, he was reprimanded by his boss for issuing statements without the latter’s knowledge and approval.

Having admitted that indeed there is one, he owes it to the people of Cagayan de Oro City what the plan looks like and how much it would cost. At least, people can have a glimpse of it and give their comments, recommendations and suggestions.

How about that, brother?


Some government workers don’t seem to understand that when it comes to obeying laws, they are to be the public’s living example for obedience and adherence.

That rail along the highway near Petron gas station is for motorists who are turning right towards Carmen. Whoever was in a Land Transportation Office pick-up truck (whoever was inside the car) must be in a hurry that the driver can’t wait lining up with the rest of the vehicles. So, he used the “wang-wang,” got ahead of the rest, and positioned somewhere near the gas station. When the light turned green, the driver proceeded his way and went straight.

I just want to ask this question: Exacto ba ang imong gihimo? Or is it a privilege vested on that office?


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