Sim­ple traf­fic so­lu­tions in 78 hours (Part 2)

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Opinion -

The De­cem­ber traf­fic plan was a clear fail­ure but, with per­se­ver­ance, the in­di­vid­ual trusted by the Ba­colod City gov­ern­ment to re­solve lo­cal­ity’s traf­fic woes re­mained on their heels and things had to move on. The fol­low­ing Fe­bru­ary, Ba­colod City Ad­min­is­tra­tor, Atty. John Orola, called on this per­son and in­structed them to un­der­take the pro­posed “road mark­ing works.” He then called on the city’s traf­fic head to co­or­di­nate and, by the next morn­ing, the en­gi­neer­ing team was sent to as­sist with road mark­ings.

The city’s traf­fic au­thor­ity looked over the road mark­ings and even brought drinks for his work­ers – he also asked the per­son ap­pointed to over­see the city’s road and traf­fic man­age­ment for some pic­tures. At the time, Orola had not ar­rived and, by the time he did, the traf­fic head was no longer around. The city ad­min­is­tra­tor later called to con­grat­u­late them on a job well done.

That af­ter­noon, a basher on so­cial me­dia made com­ments against the said road mark­ings that are not even worth read­ing. The city traf­fic head in­formed the higher-ups about the mat­ter and (by all sus­pi­cions) likely rec­om­mended the re­moval of the mark­ings.

The mark­ings have since been cov­ered by black paint and buried un­der black as­phalt.

The traf­fic au­thor­ity never had “a good eye” to­wards the in­di­vid­ual Orola trusted to im­prove the ve­hic­u­lar flow along city streets. To this day, that per­son is no longer seen as a “part­ner on the road.”

Af­ter the mark­ings were elim­i­nated, the per­son who pro­posed the idea was dis­mayed and shied away from the city ad­min­is­tra­tor. Although, while Orola made more an ef­fort to mend the part­ner­ship be­tween his trusted ap­pointee and the city’s traf­fic head, the city traf­fic of­fi­cial said they could not work with the in­di­vid­ual.

Orola could say no more. This is the sec­ond part of a series. Please make sure to read yes­ter­day’s col­umn. This col­umn greets Nato and Devi Novero, Jun and Jane Lizares, Philip and Tata Lac­son, Richard and Rox­anne Oquendo, Bayani and Marides Fer­nando, Paul and Tala Ang, Boyet and Lyn Or­taliz, Jeff and Thea Div­ina­gra­cia, and Jerome and Maui dela Cruz.

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