P91-M traf­fic lights proj to be com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Jo Ann Sablad

THE P91-mil­lion traf­fic lights project in Ca­gayan de Oro, which started in 2013, will be com­pleted dur­ing the sec­ond week of Fe­bru­ary 2018, the new Roads and Traf­fic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (RTA) over­seer said.

Mario Verner Mon­santo, the over­seer of the op­er­a­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tion of RTA and the City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment De­part­ment, said they ex­pect the traf­fic lights from Mani­l­abased cor­po­ra­tion the KIV Mar­ket­ing, will be ar­riv­ing in Ca­gayan de Oro City by the end of Jan­uary.

“Ang traf­fic lights natin nakikita natin nandyan, kung min­san func­tion­ing, min­san hindi, most of the time hindi (We can see that we have traf­fic lights which some­times func­tion­ing, some­times not, but most of the time they are not func­tion­ing)... Ang gusto natin (What we want), I had a meet­ing yes­ter­day (Jan­uary 10) sa mga nag sup­ply nito (with the sup­pli­ers), we are giv­ing them in the end of Jan­uary,” Mon­santo said.

He said the traf­fic lights with closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras should be in­stalled and func­tion­ing by the sec­ond week of Fe­bru­ary, adding that the CCTVs supplied by the Ca­gayan de Oro-based cor­po­ra­tion, Mi­cro­trade GCM Cor­po­ra­tion, are al­ready com­plete.

“Kung hindi naka ilaw yung mga traf­fic lights natin (If the traf­fic lights are not func­tion­ing), most of the en­forcers are di­rect­ing trafiic. So they can­not en­force the law, they’re busy do­ing the di­rec­tion,” Mon­santo said.

As for the de­lay of the sup­ply of traf­fic lights, ac­cord­ing to Mon­santo, the sup­plier said that it is due to the dis­al­lowances from the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit and the lack of avail­abil­ity of ma­te­ri­als.

“Meron silang dis­al­lowances, sig­uro three or four times sila nag amend nyan (They have dis­al­lowances, prob­a­bly three or four times they amended). Sec­ond is, the other rea­son would be, yung ma­te­ri­als nila wala dyan. Meron pa silang some ma­te­ri­als na wala pa dyan up to this time (they don’t have the ma­te­ri­als. They lack some of the ma­te­ri­als even up to this time),” Mon­santo said.

He added that when they asked where are the ma­te­ri­als now, the sup­plier told them that its on the board he ship which will dock on Fri­day, Jan­uary 12.

Un­der the project, the RTA over­seer said 80 CCTVs and more than 50 traf­fic lights will be in­talled through­out city.

Aside from the near com­ple­tion of the traf­fic lights project, Mon­santo planned to

con­duct re­or­ga­ni­za­tion within the RTA and to ed­u­cate the en­forcers and the mo­torists in the city of the traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions.

“Ting­nan muna yung in­ter­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion nila and then se­condly, tit­ing­nan ko yung ed­u­ca­tion. Ed­u­ca­tion not only dyan sa or­ga­ni­za­tion, but also ed­u­ca­tion sa mo­torists natin (I will ob­serve the in­ter­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion of RTA and se­condly, the ed­u­ca­tion not only within the or­ga­ni­za­tion but also with the mo­torists),” Mon­santo said.

Ed­u­cat­ing the en­forcers and the mo­torists of the traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to Mon­santo, is one way to raise aware­ness of the traf­fic laws and to lessen the traf­fic prob­lems in the city.

“Makikita natin ngayon, most of the ac­tions na gi­na­gawa natin (We can see that most of the ac­tion done to) to solve the traf­fic prob­lems are more or less pal­lia­tive, kung ano lang dyan ang nakikita natin (in what we can no­tice). There should be some kind of a plan of long term para ma-ad­dress natin yung ba­sic prob­lems natin (so that we can ad­dress the ba­sic prob­lems in the traf­fic),” Mon­santo said.

(PHOTO BY JOEY P. NACALABAN)

DAN­GER­OUS STRUC­TURE. Do the Of­fice of the Build­ing Of­fi­cials (OBO) knows this one lo­cated in sitio San Isidro, brgy. Lapasan, this city.

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