More cops de­ployed to pa­trol city streets to main­tain peace and or­der

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Ros­alie Abatayo, Marc Eric Cosep, Nes­tle Semilla and Morex­ette Marie Er­ram

AS PEO­PLE hit the mar­kets for last-minute shop­ping of New Year good­ies to­day, De­cem­ber 31, more law en­forcers were fielded in Cebu City’s busiest streets to se­cure the crowd.

Last-minute trav­el­ers who plan to cel­e­brate the New Year in their home­towns are also ex­pected to fill the Cebu South Bus Ter­mi­nal (CSBT).

Insp. Wil­bert Par­illa, op­er­a­tions chief of the Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO), said they ex­pect road in­ci­dents dur­ing New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day cel­e­bra­tions prompt­ing them to de­ploy more po­lice on streets. Par­illa said the Traf­fic Pa­trol Group will pa­trol the streets of of Cebu City not only to en­sure the safety of mo­torists but also to main­tain peace and or­der.

Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (CCTO) also an­tic­i­pates a large vol­ume of ve­hi­cles and foot traf­fic in down­town Cebu City, es­pe­cially at the Car­bon Pub­lic Mar­ket.

CCTO Op­er­a­tions Chief, Fran­cisco Ouano told CEBU DAILY NEWS in a phone in­ter­view that they will de­ploy at least 20 traf­fic en­forcers in the down­town area to man­age traf­fic flow.

“Naa sad tay pa­trol gi-de­ploy din­hang dapita. Naa tay upat ka lain en­forcers nagda­gan sa atong pa­trol (We also de­ployed a pa­trol in that area. We have more en­forcers man­ning the pa­trol team),” said Ouano.

As of Sunday, De­cem­ber 30, CSBT Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Jonathan Tu­mu­lak said at least 120,000 pas­sen­gers trav­eled out of the ter­mi­nal since Friday.

Tu­mu­lak said the vol­ume of pas­sen­gers slightly de­creased on Sunday. How­ever, they still ex­pect more pas­sen­gers to come to­day.

“Sakay kaayo sukad pag Bi ye rn es, ga ha po nu gk ar on. Bin­taha na lang karon kay niluag na ang ter­mi­nal. Gani­hang bun­tag, daghan pud,” said Tu­mu­lak.

Tu­mu­lak, how­ever, as­sured that there are enough buses that will serve the pas­sen­gers. He said bus op­er­a­tors al­ready com­mit­ted to have all their units func­tion­ing.

Af­ter the Christ­mas rush, Tu­mu­lak asked the bus op­er­a­tors to con­duct an in­ven­tory of their units and make the nec­es­sary re­pairs so that there will be many func­tion­ing buses.

Tu­mu­lak also ad­vised pas­sen­gers not to travel in the evening, es­pe­cially from 8 p.m. to 12 mid­night, since that is the time that bus driv­ers would rest.

T um ulak, who also sits as pro­vin­cial fo­cal per­son for traf­fic man­age­ment, said that they con­tinue to co­or­di­nate with traf­fic man­agers from dif­fer­ent lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs).

“So far, wala tay nadawat nga re­port nga nadugay gyod og hunong ang mga sakyanan. So I think, man­age able rag yod ang traf­fic,” he said.

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