MMDA to con­duct traf­fic study in Ba­colod

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City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia met with the of­fi­cials of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila De­velop- ment Author­ity (MMDA) at their head of­fice in Manila Tues­day to dis­cuss the pro­posed “Traf­fic Mas­ter Plan for Ba­colod City. ”

Leonar­dia met with MMDA chair­man Danilo Lim, gen­eral man­ager Jose Ar­turo Garcia, and Traf­fic and En­gi­neer­ing Cen­ter di­rec­tor Neomie Re­cio to fi­nal­ize the visit of a 15-man team of ex­perts to the city.

The mayor was ac­com­pa­nied by Ba­colod Traf­fic Author­ity Of­fice (BTAO) head Supt. Luisito Ace­buche, City De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil vice chair­man Ge­orge Zu­lueta, and Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant Rodel Par­con.

The mayor said 15 MMDA traf­fic ex­perts, led by Re­cio, will ar­rive in Ba­colod on De­cem­ber 2 and stay un­til De­cem­ber 15 to study the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in the city.

It can be re­called that the city ear­lier re­quested Lim the as­sis­tance of MMDA to study the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in the city and make rec­om­men­da­tions on how it

can be im­proved.

Leonar­dia had also met with MMDA of­fi­cials months ago. He was then ac­com­pa­nied by City Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Orola and City Le­gal Of­fi­cer Joselito Bay­atan. City rep­re­sen­ta­tives had been meet­ing with MMDA tech­ni­cal men since then.

The MMDA per­forms plan­ning, mon­i­tor­ing and co­or­di­na­tive func­tions, and in the process ex­er­cises reg­u­la­tory and su­per­vi­sory author­ity over the de­liv­ery of metro-wide ser­vices within Metro Manila.

A traf­fic mas­ter plan could cost mil­lions if done by pri­vate groups but MMDA is as­sist­ing Ba­colod City for free.

Traf­fic vol­ume

Leonar­dia said that ac­cord­ing to a re­port of the Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (LTO), the num­ber of reg­is­tered mo­tor ve­hi­cles in Ba­colod in 2017 was 92,827, or an in­crease of 7,849 as com­pared to 84,978 in 2016.

The LTO told Leonar­dia that the num­ber of ve­hi­cles in 2017, which was 92,827, is al­ready com­pa­ra­ble to the to­tal num­ber of cars of a re­gion in other parts of the coun­try.

“This is good news be­cause it shows peo­ple have pur­chas­ing power and the econ­omy is good. But, on the other hand, the vol­ume of mo­tor ve­hi­cles can also cre­ate traf­fic prob­lems. Come to think about it, about one-fourth of all ve­hi­cles in Western Visayas is reg­is­tered in Ba­colod alone, with­out count­ing those from Cadiz, San Car­los, Pon­teve­dra and Hi­ma­may­lan,” the mayor added.

“We will have to find ways and means to rem­edy the im­pact of traf­fic in our city. One of th­ese, I be­lieve, and a ma­jor rem­edy at that, is com­ing up with a mas­ter plan for Ba­colod,” he stressed.

“The MMDA, I be­lieve, has the ca­pa­bil­i­ties, ex­per­tise and com­pe­tence to help us on this. That is why we are deal­ing with no less than the chair­man him­self, Gen­eral Danilo Lim, and he was so gra­cious be­cause he has also vis­ited Ba­colod. He as­sured us that MMDA will give us the best,” Leonar­dia said./ PR

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BA­COLOD City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia met with MMDA chair­man Danilo Lim, gen­eral man­ager Jose Ar­turo Garcia, and Traf­fic and En­gi­neer­ing Cen­ter di­rec­tor Neomie Re­cio at the MMDA head of­fice Tues­day.

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