Capi­tol braces for ‘Car­maged­don’ this Christ­mas

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /COR­RE­SPON­DENT ROS­ALIE O. ABATAYO

GOV. Hi­lario Da­vide III will be con­ven­ing traf­fic man­agers and of­fi­cials from dif­fer­ent con­cerned agen­cies to map out strate­gies aimed at pre­vent­ing an­other “Car­maged­don” dur­ing the an­tic­i­pated Christ­mas rush.

The provin­cial In­ter­a­gency Coun­cil on Traf­fic (IACT-Cebu), which was formed by a provin­cial or­di­nance and made up of po­lice sta­tion chiefs, High­way Pa­trol Group (HPG), traf­fic man­agers from lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs) within Metro Cebu, De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH-7) and Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (LTO), will con­vene on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10.

Traf­fic Man­age­ment Fo­cal Per­son Jonathan Tu­mu­lak said the meet­ing will dis­cuss pos­si­ble mea­sures to ease traf­fic dur­ing the hol­i­days.

“We an­tic­i­pate that the heavy traf­fic will be ex­pe­ri­enced from De­cem­ber 15, which is the pay­day for most work­ers and some are also likely to get their bonuses that day. We ex­pect that this will run un­til the Christ­mas day on the 25th,” Tu­mu­lak ex­plained in Ce­buano.

Tu­mu­lak said the meet­ing and the mea­sures they hope to come up with will be used to pre­vent a re­peat of the heavy traf­fic ex­pe­ri­enced in the south­ern part of the prov­ince in De­cem­ber last year.

Two days be­fore Christ­mas last year, a more or less 6-hour traf­fic grid­lock was ex­pe­ri­enced by mo­torists ply­ing the na­tional high­way of Cebu’s first dis­trict be­cause the traf­fic en­forcers in one of the LGUs re­port­edly went to a party.

Tu­mu­lak said IACT-Cebu will be sup­port­ing the op­er­a­tions of the per­son­nel of IACT Cen­tral Visayas which was formed by the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DOTr) to ad­dress traf­fic prob­lems in the me­trop­o­lis.

Although IACT-Cebu has yet to be for­mally launched, Tu­mu­lak said a copy of the or­di­nance passed by the provin­cial board mid this year that formed the coun­cil was al­ready fur­nished to the DOTr through the LTO.

“The LTO al­ready has its copy. In fact, it was al­ready pre­sented dur­ing a meet­ing con­ducted two weeks be­fore the re­gional IACT started its op­er­a­tion in Cebu,” Tu­mu­lak said.

Tu­mu­lak said that they will for­mally launch IACT Cebu af­ter the Sin­u­log in Jan­uary.

CDN FILE PHOTO

CHRIST­MAS RUSH. Mas­sive traf­fic con­ges­tion is ex­pected in Cebu as more peo­ple will be go­ing out for the hol­i­days.

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