Barangay of­fi­cials, busi­ness sec­tors air con­cerns to MMDA

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THE Metropoli­tan Manila Devel­op­ment Author­ity (MMDA) along with the of­fi­cials of Ba­colod City yes­ter­day held a meet­ing with the barangay of­fi­cials and busi­ness sec­tors at the Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter.

Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia said yes­ter­day it’s also im­por­tant to get a feed­back from the barangay of­fi­cials and busi­ness sec­tors on the traffic sit­u­a­tion in the city.

“I en­cour­age them to air their com­plaints or ob­ser­va­tions so that it will also be given a focus. I want them to be here so that there will be an ac­cep­tance and par­tic­i­pa­tion to ad­dress the traffic sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

The MMDA team led by traffic and en­gi­neer­ing cen­ter di­rec­tor Neomie Re­cio ar­rived in Ba­colod on Sun­day to study the traffic sit­u­a­tion here for 12 days and pro­pose a Traffic Man­age­ment Mas­ter­plan.

They al­ready vis­ited the busiest in­ter­sec­tions dur­ing peak hours in the morn­ing and in the af­ter­noon.

The MMDA will com­pare the traffic vol­ume against the traffic ca­pac­ity of the roads, and iden­tify traffic gen­er­a­tors and prob­lems in cer­tain ar­eas and make rec­om­men­da­tions on how to solve them.

Af­ter the 12-day study, the MMDA will bring the data to their of­fice in Manila for anal­y­sis and eval­u­a­tion.

“The MMDA is here to help and guide us to ad­dress our traffic sit­u­a­tion here and we should be thank­ful to them,” Leonar­dia said.

He said the MMDA was cre­ated in the 1970s and it’s the first time they vis­ited Ba­colod.

Aside from Ba­colod City, sev­eral places were also ask­ing the as­sis­tance of MMDA for a Traffic Man­age­ment Mas­ter­plan.

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.

Leonar­dia also scored his crit­ics for claim­ing that MMDA failed to ad­dress the traffic sit­u­a­tion in Manila.

He said the Metro Manila sit­u­a­tion is an im­pos­si­ble traffic sit­u­a­tion, which ac­cord­ing to the MMDA, as there are 10.7 mil­lion cars in the Philip­pines and 25 per­cent of it is in Manila or 2.7 mil­lion of cars.

He said that in terms of road net­works in the Philip­pines, Metro Manila has only 2.6 per­cent of the road net­work.

“I’m sure they’re go­ing to break their heads, but at the mean­time, the so­lu­tions like the sky­way, sub­way and MRT were al­ready ren­dered by the na­tional gov­ern­ment,” he added.

The mayor noted that in Ba­colod, the MMDA also men­tioned that the city should not only solve the ex­ist­ing traffic con­cern but at the same time pre­par­ing for the fu­ture.

“We should plan in ad­vance be­cause there’s no doubt about it that as of to­day, Ba­colod is one of the fastest grow­ing economies in the coun­try. Only a traitor in Ba­colod can say that we are not pro­gress­ing,” Leonar­dia said./map

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