Lour­des Parish church opens gates to ve­hi­cles

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS -

THE Arch­dioce­san Shrine of Our Lady of Lour­des lo­cated in F. Lla­mas, Punta Princesa is open­ing its gates to ac­com­mo­date pass­ing ve­hi­cles to help ease traf­fic con­ges­tion brought about by the on­go­ing con­struc­tion of the un­der­pass project on N. Ba­calso Ave.

City Coun­cilor Dave Tu­mu­lak, deputy mayor for po­lice mat­ters, said start­ing Mon­day evening, the church al­lowed ve­hi­cles to pass through its gates.

“Ha­mug away na kaayo. Wala na ta maka ex­pe­ri­ence og grabi nga traf­fic this morn­ing kay gidi­vert na­man nato sud sa com­pound sa sim­ba­han,” Tu­mu­lak told re­porters yes­ter­day.

(The sit­u­a­tion has im­proved. We have not ex­pe­ri­ence heavy traf­fic this morn­ing be­cause we di­verted the ve­hi­cles in­side the com­pound of the church.)

“But we have re­stric­tions, no motorcycles are al­lowed and no us­ing of horns while in­side the com­pound of the church,” he added.

City-bound ve­hi­cles will be al­lowed to pass through the church com­pound from E. Sa­bel­lano Street in go­ing to Gan­ciang St., then to N. Ba­calso Ave., Mon­day to Fri­day, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. only, Tu­mu­lak said.

Last Mon­day, Tu­mu­lak met with the Head of the Lour­des Parish Pas­toral Coun­cil, Rev.Fr.Ran­dolph Fig­u­ra­cion, ADB, to re­quest them to open their com­pound to ve­hi­cles dur­ing peak hours.

“I per­son­ally talked to Fr. Fig­u­ra­cion about this and ila na pud diay ni nga nasab­otan on how they can con­trib­ute to ease the heavy traf­fic,” he said.

Mayor To­mas Os­meña ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the parish for open­ing their gates to pub­lic traf­fic.

“Good news. The con­ges­tion in E. Sa­bel­lano and F. Lla­mas has partly been re­lieved be­cause the parish opened up a di­ver­sion road. It’s a won­der­ful im­prove­ment in ad­dress­ing the con­ges­tion. The city gov­ern­ment would like to thank Lour­des Parish for their un­selfish con­tri­bu­tion,” he said in his reg­u­lar press brief­ing yes­ter­day. /Cor­re­spon­dent Doris Mae C. Mon­dragon

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