APEC traf­fic pushes mayor to sus­pend classes

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Rod­er­ick Osis

FOL­LOW­ING the del­uge of tourists com­ing from Metro Manila, Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan sus­pended classes Tues­day un­til Wed­nes­day from preschool and high school stu­dents af­fected by the ex­o­dus in the Sum­mer Cap­i­tal.

Thou­sands of tourists flock the high­land re­sort fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion of work and classes in Metro Manila, Bu­la­can and Pam­panga with the coun­try’s host­ing of the APEC Sum­mit.

Baguio res­i­dents were sur­prised Mon­day with the ar­rival of mas­sive pri­vate ve­hi­cles which caused grid­lock in many roads, es­pe­cially go­ing to top tourist des­ti­na­tions such as Mines View, Burn­ham Park, and even go­ing to the La Trinidad straw­berry farm.

Hun­dreds of stu­dents and res­i­dents were stranded either from their school or from their work with less pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles ply­ing their routes due to con­ges­tion which prompted

a city coun­cilor to call for pos­si­ble sus­pen­sion of classes in the city.

“Classes from preschool to high school in the City of Baguio are sus­pended from Tues­day to Wed­nes­day due to the influx of tourists in the city as felt yes­ter­day with the ASEAN Sum­mit hap­pen­ing in Manila and Clark...,” Do­mo­gan’s post on Face­book said.

Many ne­ti­zens were glad with the sus­pen­sion, how­ever, some col­lege stu­dents were not happy with say­ing they too, are af­fected by the traf­fic.

“Wag niyo na­man po sana kam­ing kalimu­tan na col­lege sir mayor! Our univer­sity is in the cen­tral busi­ness where peo­ple tend to oc­cupy,” said one ne­ti­zen.

An­other claimed Mon­day’s ‘car­maged­don’ should be a wake - up call for city of­fi­cials to re­think Baguio’s traf­fic scheme fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the Tarlac – Pam­panga La Union Ex­press­way which less­ened travel time from Manila to the Sum­mer Cap­i­tal.

“This is a quick and tem­po­rary so­lu­tion. If ev­ery time na madaming tourists e magka-can­cel tayo ng classes, lugi masyado kam­ing par­ents na nag­babayad ng ma­hal na tu­ition!” an irate par­ent said.

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