Nar­cis­sis­tic and ar­ro­gant

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

IT SEEMS THE MULTISECTORAL AL­LIANCE of Ma­bal­a­cat City, a unit un­der the Of­fice of the Mayor, is get­ting on the nerves and reap­ing the ire of some peo­ple par­tic­u­larly from the Traf­fic Man­age­ment Board (TMB), a body cre­ated by an Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der of the Mayor, Marino “Bok­ing” Mo­rales.

An in­de­pen­dent body, sub­servient to no one ex­cept to the peo­ple of Ma­bal­a­cat City, the Traf­fic Man­age­ment Board, chaired by Wil­lie Feli­ciano, the mayor’s un­cle and the traf­fic czar, frowns on the en­croach­ment by the multisectoral al­liance on the TMB’s turf and usurpa­tion of its du­ties, it was learned by this writer.

The al­liance, com­posed of trans­port, women, se­niors ven­dors (both am­bu­lant and sited) and the youth sec­tor claims the TMB, has gained full ad­van­tage of Mayor Bok­ing’s fa­vors such that its head acts as if he is su­per­man with su­per­pow­ers and clout that he boasts that all his staff are now en­joy­ing ca­sual sta­tus, much over the sta­tus of most units and of­fices in the plan­tilla of the city gov­ern­ment and which staff have been in the ser­vice for decades al­ready and have ren­dered faith­ful and long ser­vice that this al­liance. Such ar­ro­gant dis­play of false pride and power!

*** The Traf­fic Man­age­ment Board (TMB) on the other hand per­forms its man­dated du­ties and func­tions on the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in the city.

Wil­lie Feli­ciano, the traf­fic czar, is up and about at the early hours of the morn­ing of each day, se­ri­ously ob­serv­ing traf­fic flow and move­ment and later sits down with the mem­bers of the TMB to thresh out the var­i­ous traf­fic in­order­li­ness to find so­lu­tions thereto.

Wency Marin, the pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer and Jonathan Mi­ole, the des­ig­nated park­ing en­force­ment ad­min­is­tra­tor con­fer daily with Wil­lie to come up to vi­able mea­sures to ease the bur­den of traf­fic. Rail­ings were set up in Dau in or­der to reg­u­late move­ments thereof as well as the pedes­tri­ans who of­ten tend not to ob­serve traf­fic rules. The set­ting up of these rail­ings is a test project to see if they are ef­fec­tive.

*** I’ve ob­served big trucks parked along MacArthur High­way in Barangays Dolores and Ca­cu­tud, Ma­bal­a­cat City. They should be sternly warned not to use por­tions of the high­way, to give pedes­tri­ans, com­muters and mo­torists more space to nav­i­gate. Be­sides, these trucks are haz­ards to other vehi cl es.

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